Saturn’s Most Mysterious Moon Could Teach Us Precious Things about The Origin of Life

Humanity has been fascinated by the Moon for millennia. But if in a parallel Universe there are any intelligent life forms on Saturn that are taking photos of the night sky with their smartphones, they would probably see many other cosmic objects resembling our Moon. Of course, this also implies for Saturn to have a solid surface and much more hospitable conditions for life.

Titan is just one of Saturn’s 82 moons, and it’s probably the most worthy of attention from all of them. Planet scientist Elizabeth ‘Zibi’ Turtle speaks about the mysterious world that revolves around Saturn, and the plan to send a robotic lander there to explore the cosmic object:

Rivers, lakes, seas, mountains, craters, and more – Titan has them all, just like Earth. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft revealed several years ago that Saturn’s moon could harbor liquid water beneath its icy surface. The presence of liquid water is a strong indicator of the existence of life in a known form. On Earth, there’s no complex organism able to survive without water.

Titan resembles the Early Earth

Early Earth refers to the period of our planet before life developed. Elizabeth Turtle emphasizes this resemblance between the Titan moon and our planet. The Cassini spacecraft revealed that some ingredients for life existed on Titan, and it’s up to the Dragonfly lander to go there and look for more answers to key questions about the origin of life.

With a staggering amount of 82 moons, Saturn is the champion of our solar system. It’s interesting to find out if these moons also play a significant role for the gas giant as our moon does for our planet. The moon that we humans regularly see on the sky at night is causing tides and makes it possible for Earth to be a more livable planet by moderating its wobble on the axis.

NASA’s Dragonfly robotic rotorcraft-lander is set for exploring Titan in 2026.

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