I'm amazed this isn't bigger news.
Scientists are reporting possible evidence of primitive life on Titan! Titan has been suspected for along time of being capable of supporting some form of life, but this is the first evidence that there might actually BE life. At this point, the discovery is still tentative in the extreme, and they admit that there are reasonable alternate explanations, but it's still pretty darn exciting!
What makes it even more interesting is that the life forms, if they indeed exist, do not appear to be water-based like life on Earth. They may be breathing hydrogen, and may be methane-based!
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/ … 00603.html
To completely rule out the possibility of life other than Earth is completely foolish.
To think Human beings are the only "intelligent" life in existence, is also foolish, if you go that far with it.
Of course there is life on other planets.
On which planet(not satellite) in this solar system exactly ?
None in our solar system...
But in 2009 Kepler was launched. It has the capability to spot extrasolar planets.
In theory, a habitable planet needs to have certain elements. Some of them are:
An orbit close enough to a star so that water can be in liquid form, not always frozen (or evaporated)
Active plate tectonics
Active tidal system
The extrasolar planets that could have these characteristics are too small for us too see with standard telescopes. Kepler is finding them with new technology. There could be dozens and dozens of them, or there could be zero. (Kep found 5 new planets in the first month of searching, but they are all gas giants.)
You forgot one: to say all human lif is intelligent is folish! lol
Very cool article! Some believe that discovered life elsewhere would somehow diminish the scope of human existence. On the contrary, I believe that it would enhance the quality and uniqueness of mankind. It's quite humbling to not think of mankind as the "albeit" of the universe, but rather a precious gem among countless others in a community of life.
I read several paragraphs, but got bored after the first one.
And a bit disgusted! Because it's irritating to think of all the money spent on that type of research while America digs its heels into debt further and further.
Space may be the "final frontier" to Star Trekkies, but by George we need to be considering our own human frontier instead of reaching for the stars for some "methane-based" inhuman life-forms.
I don't wanna be a thread-stopper here. I understand you're interested in this subject. I just responded with my opinion and legitimate concerns about the focus our government places on so many things I consider nonsensical.
Cassini–Huygens is not an American project.
The mission is a combined effort of ASI, ESA, and NASA. There are 20 nations involved - not just the US.
Cassini-Huygens was launched in 1997. The US's share of the total cost of this project is $2.6 billion. Divide that number by 13 years (not even counting the planning/construction stage), then take a look at some other government projects:
TARP - $700 billion
Pentagon spending, February 2010, Iraq - 5.5 billion
Pentagon spending, February 2010, Afghanistan - 6.7 billion
Does it seem non-sensical now? Where do you think that $2.6 billion was spent, over the years?
(Hint= people's salaries)
It's no surprise that you are bored and disgusted by science. But this project cost less than the Iraq war costs in a single month.
Which project is a benefit to the "human frontier", and which one is destroying it?
The science projects!
Seriously, I believe it's still useless.
But there is something else that concerns me even more.
The most recent rocket launching into space was done by a "private" group, not NASA even (this according to a News segment I saw the other day); and they were secretive about some of the details of the launch's projected time frame, etc.
Now THAT scares me even more than NASA's goals.
Which of one NASA's goals has you especially frightened?
I should've said disappointed more than frightened.
But I am frightened for the souls of men/women who try to defy God. I consider space travel to be partly silly and partly rebellion.
God put man on the planet Earth. Not in outer space itself or on some other planet. I'm sure He had a good reason for that. Yet mankind in general keeps trying to get to heaven and/or find some kind of eternal life by other means than the one that He chooses for us. Their thirst for knowledge has become a modern-day Tower of Babel. And yet most of us live in the collateral effects of it as well! Look at us right here---typing on computers that get fed by satellite signals from outer space I assume.....
We partake. For varied reasons. I think, even in something like this issue, it's the intent that matters. As I said before, some do it in hopes that science will show them a way to escape the earth that God says He will one day destroy. That's where science veers from Faith big-time.
Hi Brenda. I'm interested in your view. Why do you see space travel as partly rebellion? We may have been put on planet earth, but I don't see that it's rebellion for people to explore, because I don't know of any teachings that say people shouldn't.
How do you know that it's not god's intent for mankind to populate the galaxy? What if it is god's will for man to expand his knowledge to the widest possible extent, in order to understand the truth of the divinity?
this is crazy talk. Space exploration is not an atheist endeavor.
It is never better to not know, than to know.
If you truly believe that a thirst for knowledge is merely sinful pride, I wonder why you are even on the internet. Wouldn't that be sin by association?
You know, in Star Wars, the space traveling rebels were the good guys.
I tend to agree with this. I remember questioning a pastor about my own confusion at the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. I don't remember the exact conversation, but this man of God merely stated, "The Bible doesn't state there is life out there in the universe....but it doesn't state there's NOT life elsewhere.' I tend to lean this direction. I've known lots of Christian friends who also believe there is more than likely life out there.
Nothing is stopping the people who believe that God would disapprove to just stay home on earth, and let the explorers and scientists out there explore the universe. I'm excited to see what's out there beyond our reach, and I don't believe it's blasphemy or frowned upon by God to do so.
Yeah, I don't think God would have given us a brain or a sense of curiosity about the world if He didn't want us to use them!
True Brenda, but the drive to know is pretty strong.
Seems this was hypothesized long ago and yes, finding it may really be true is wonderful! Not for any particular reason, it just is.
Artists drawing of the view from Titan
We'll have to Photoshop in some little critters running around
Another article I read on the topic points out that when the sun becomes a red giant in about 4 billion years, Titan will be a paradise. Interesting to think that we might be looking at the distant ancestors of intelligent life...
I wonder if there's anything strong enough to last four billion years, so we could leave a plaque or something sitting on a mountain for them to find. "Howdy! We're long gone now, but we thought you might be interested in knowing that you're not the only brainy critters hanging around the universe, or even the solar system. Good luck!"
Earth is very close to the end. If Armageddon doesn't happen soon we'll destroy this planet by ourselves. Many people are counting on the 2012 devastation.
Regardless, we have to find other planets to inhabit. So space exploration, whether by government or private, is vital to our survival.
Interesting as always that people think, through science, that they can escape Judgement Day by running to another planet......
That planet would be totally IN-habitable. It's full of methane gas~!
I sense fear and propaganda here...
Or - I sense propaganda and I fear here?
Something like that - either way will do lol
That is really cool Sparks the imagination doesn't it?
Brenda: I guess you are thrilled with Obama that he stopped the shuttle program for now...
That is an interesting article. I do believe that there are different forms of life on other planets that differs from our own.
It think it's a cool possibility too. But I think Mars has more possibilities. Here's the image from the article:
It's supposed to be what a methane lake could look like on Titan.
In probably a thousand years, we'll have the technology to terraform to a certain extent. I can see Mars being one of them!
I find that a majority of folks I have had discussions with think life is present elsewhere in the universe. Only the very closed minded think otherwise.
I wonder how much money is spent on religious purposes each year? Just church maintenance and expenses much be huge, not counting tv programs and pastors income. And how much tax money is lost because of exemptions some religious cults receive? Something to ponder, huh?
YOU ARE ALL SINNERS AND WILL BE DESTROYED AND DIE A HORRIBLE DEADLY DEMISE WHETHER HERE OR ON SOME OTHER PLANET. YOU CANNOT ESCAPE THE WRATH OF GOD, HE WILL SEE YOU WHEREVER YOU HIDE AND DESTROY YOU FOR HE IS EVERYWHERE. HE WAS THE FIRST TO BREATHE METHANE AND WILL BLOW ITS FIRE INTO YOUR FACE WHEN YOU GET THERE SEEKING YOUR ESCAPE, VILE SINNERS. HIS WRATH IS YOUR ONLY HOPE OF SALVATION. TRUST IN HIM. THROW DOWN YOUR LYING SCIENCE BOOKS AND YOUR TOOLS OF SATAN SPACE SHIPS AND WORSHIP HIM, LEST YE BE BURNED IN ETERNAL FIRE AND STUFF. I KNOW BECAUSE I HAVE READ MY DUSTY OLD TOME WHILE IGNORING ALL THE OTHER DUSTY OLD TOMES. BELIEVE ME BECAUSE I SPEAK TRUTH.
I am glad that we Americans are living in a secular nation. Bible fundamentalists are dangerous people..
I know, right? This is such an awesome subject. I'm totally stoked about that discovery, even though I know it's very early to get too worked up about it.
yep - completely awesome.
Things that Hubble, Kepler, Cassini and Huygens have discovered - just to name a few - are sometimes even beyond imagination. But what blows my mind even more is that we've got them up there is the first place.
Look at all that Voyager has sent us. Spirit rover is asleep right now, but when it recharges, it will start tooling around Mars again. These missions have been in operation years beyond their expected limits.
Peoples sure are smart.
It seems impossible that we can look at close range photographs of Saturn, doesn't it?
I bet the astronomers who we've named our telescopes after would be beyond themselves to see this data.
On it's way to Saturn, Cassini all but proved Einstein's theory of relativity. Can you imagine if that dude had the internet...
I totally agree. They would be stoked for sure. But, at least we had them, these giants, upon whose shoulders our modern scientists stand. I for one absolutely love following this stuff, and the photos and the longevity of the machines is just awesome. Frankly, I wish we'd invest ten times as much as we do now into these programs. They have proven time and again to give us new products and technologies for life on Earth as the byproduct of the work.
Haha, no problem. I find it difficult even to comprehend people who don't find stuff like this awesome, but I knew before I posted it that they exist and that some of them hang around here.
I heard a rumor that they were on the verge of discovering intelligent life on Earth... but maybe that was a fictional book..
I think their enzymes, if they do exist, will become valuable for its ability to break down plastics and possibly convert CO2 and H20 into hydrocarbons like methane or even petrol.
I love that our lives are becoming more sci-fi every day.
whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa.
I 100% certain that life exists elsewhere in the universe, and I wouldn't doubt it if we have some in our backyard
but let's keep our heads about us - all that this is is a methane cycle of some sort.
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have life on another planet and study how they evolved, and finally shut those damned creationists up...
... but this is just a methane cycle of some sort! NASA definitely wants more funding (even though i'm against federal funding, NASA is one of the cooler places to put the money!!). This just isn't enough evidence..
the first paragraph is hilarious to read "there are two chemicals that are fluctuating weirdly, and it might just be the way things normally work... BUT IT MIGHT BE LIFE!! LIFE ON TITAN!! THAT'D BE COOL, EH?!!? LIFE!!! TITAN!!! NASA!!!!"
Haha. Mr. Rogers, you have a good point. We really shouldn't set ourselves up for a disappointment... but still... I really, really want to be alive when we figure out how abundant life is.
It'll put things into perspective, I hope. Maybe we'll even meet intelligent life someday, (from space, I mean). Wouldn't it be cool to find out not all civilizations self-destruct?
Huh. Yer asking for too much there.
It would be really fascinating to be able to compare our progress to that of another 'highly intelligent' species capable of manipulating their environment. But then again it might also just be embarassing. Humbling for sure, I would think, but you know they (of the we) would find a way to twist it.
It would be very interesting to compare our developments, and the evolution of our ideas and ideals.
The way I figure it, (and I'm disagreeing with Stephen Hawking here, so I'm probably not factoring in everything), for a civilization to harness matter-diffusion (like the Roulette Drive of the Great Release) or faster-than-light travel by wormholes (or what-have-you), they had to have conquered their own militarism or else they would have committed collective suicide through nuclear war (Pandora's Box, some might argue). So, I think any civilization that meets us will not be imperialist. They'll be peaceful—though we couldn't possibly pose a threat to them.
Maybe, if they're out there, they aren't talking to us because they think we're too immature and they don't want us spreading our barbaric war to other planets. Or, maybe we could have something extremely rare here on Earth. Either way, it's pretty cool.
The first thing I’d ask E.T. would be, “Do you believe in God? If so, how do you describe Him/Her/It?” What would you ask?
what has God got to do with the original subject? Somehow people think it is acceptable to bring Him into every conversation but not everyone is interested in reading about God in every thread or topic. This is as bad as promoting your own hubs. It is not acceptable to hijack threads with discussions about God.
The original point is that there IS life on all the planets and if you open your mind enough to allow it, you will realise that not all life has to be carbon-based. It is only that we know a little about carbon-based life and we expect to find it out there. That is why we look for that kind. Life based on other elements would not need water, oxygen etc but would still be very much alive and could give us serious kicking if it wanted to - particularly if they have travelled from other solar systems.
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