07
Jun
10

Aliens!

I shit you not! There’s possible evidence of extraterrestial life on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. I think the best article on this (read informative, not sensationalist) is on the NASA website, here. I read a couple others and they were way too “hey people we discovered alien life!” rather than,

Scientific conservatism suggests that a biological explanation should be the last choice after all non-biological explanations are addressed,” Allen [Mark Allen, principal investigator with the NASA Astrobiology Institute Titan team] said. “We have a lot of work to do to rule out possible non-biological explanations. It is more likely that a chemical process, without biology, can explain these results – for example, reactions involving mineral catalysts.

Don’t get me wrong, there is still a buttload of excitement to be had by all.

…non-biological chemistry offers one possible explanation, some scientists believe these chemical signatures bolster the argument for a primitive, exotic form of life or precursor to life on Titan’s surface. According to one theory put forth by astrobiologists, the signatures fulfill two important conditions necessary for a hypothesized methane-based life.’

Check it out!

Props to Amanda T. You’re such a doll.

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