Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, has long been fascinating because it has an atmosphere and is the only place outside Earth with liquid rivers, lakes and oceans on its surface, as well as active weather, which is the cradle of life. But what’s different from Earth is that the liquid on it is not water, it’s methane. A new study analyzing the composition of Titan’s chemical elements has found some meaningful clues that it may have the key component that makes up life: water.
Scientists studied meteor impacts on Titan and found evidence of the presence of water ice.
According to observations by the Cassini probe, the dune crater near Titan’s equator appears to be made up purely of organic matter, while many craters in the mid-latitude plains are rich in water ice in organic mixtures.
This suggests that the ancient ecosystem on Titan may have been exposed by these impact craters.
The presence of water ice in these craters is important because it is the best indication that life was or is still alive on the planet. Now that NASA has begun planning a Titan mission, maybe one day we’ll be able to find real extraterrestary life up there!