Amazing might come to mind as you’re reading the title of this article. The very idea that life may exist outside our own in this universe in itself is enough to make the mind boggle. The existence of another intelligent creature within our very own galaxy makes us all feel less alone. For some, this idea fills them with fear; for others, this fills them with excitement. Others still, are only interested in the facts; well let’s take a look at the facts.
NASA has built a satellite, the Cassini probe, this probe was launched into outer space and reached Saturn’s orbit in 2004. The Cassini probe will be one of the first to get a look at Saturn’s northern hemisphere in the summer. This probe, having been in orbit for now 6 years, has picked up some interesting chemical combinations. The surface of Titan, Saturn’s moon, has been found to be covered with mountains, lakes, and even rivers similar to earth. This leads some astronomers to believe the potential for life exists.
The liquid on this planet is composed of a methane base, rather than hydrogen. However, the combination still generates a water like substance. The Cassini’s results show that the hydrogen gas in the upper atmosphere is disappearing at the surface. This suggests something is consuming the Hydrogen.
Scientists believe that bugs, not so unlike the bugs on earth, could be breathing this Hydrogen. In addition, another chemical is missing from the surface. This chemical should be created by the sun shining through chemicals in Titan’s upper atmosphere. The fact that this chemical composition was not found on the surface suggests that this may also be consumed by something living there.
NASA astrobiologist, Chris McKay said, “If these signs do turn out to be a sign of life, it would be doubly exciting because it would represent a second form of life independent from water-based life on Earth.”
Professor, John Zarnecki, of the Open University, said: “We believe the chemistry is there for life to form. It just needs heat and warmth to kick-start the process.” . . . “In four billion years’ time, when the Sun swells into a red giant, it could be paradise on Titan.”
As compelling as all this potential evidence is, one must ask; if life exists on this planet why has it not evolved as far as we have? Perhaps it has evolved beyond our capacity and this civilization chooses to hide itself from us. Perhaps they think us not ready, or too young, as a species to understand them and there ways. This could be concerning to our government. If these beings have the technology to be invisible to us it would mean we would be completely defenseless against attack. But, this is all just speculation.
Back on the evidence of life, the combination of ammonia and Methane in the upper atmosphere combined with sunlight should create the new chemical composition Acetalyne. This is not found on the surface. Using new Cassini data, Clark and colleagues report that the moon’s surface is a stew of organic compounds, benzene, ethane and methane. So, why wasn’t Acetalyne found? NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay, suggested “acetylene might make dandy fuel for any life living on the -290 degree surface of the moon.”
So these creatures would have to breath Hydrogen, drink Methane, and eat Acetalyn. Wow, these don’t sound anything like humans! Well despite our movies showing human like life in space, the reality is there are so few planets anything like earth. The accommodation of a “Human like race” seems unreasonable. If there are other intelligent creatures out there, they certainly don’t live anything like us. To some, that can be the scariest thing of all. What if they consume fuel as quickly as we do; what if their planet runs out? Could they come to earth and remodel our planet? Make it more closely resemble there own? Make our planet no longer home to the human race!?
As interesting as this all sounds my preference is to believe that these bugs are probably, just that, some inter-spacial organism. Much like a bug here and nothing like humans. Though it is life after all and that means there is potential for other species to be living there.
We all believe what we want to believe. That’s what makes us different and original, so take this information and let it spin in your mind for a while, creating images of crazy alien beasts who will come attack earth, or peaceful bugs who secrete candy like pheromones a new delicacy for those living here on earth. It’s up to you let your imagination loose; you know you want to.