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Did NASA Discover Life on One of Saturn's Moons?

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An artist’s concept of a lake on Titan, “the only place in our solar system beyond Earth known to have liquid on its surface.

NASA is holding a press conference on Thursday “to discuss an astrobiology finding.” Are they going to announce that they’ve found evidence of extraterrestrial life?

Blogger Jason Kottke took a look at NASA’s press release, which touts “an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life”, and decided to investigate further by looking at the participants’ resumes. So who are the participants? Astrobiology, is “the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe”.

* A geobiologist who’s written about “geology and life on Mars”;
* an oceanographer who’s done extensive work on arsenic-based photosynthesis;
* a biologist examining Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, and its similarities to early Earth;
* and an ecologist investigating the “chemistry of environments where life evolves.”

NASA is probably going to reveal on Thursday, that they’ve discovered arsenic on Titan and maybe even detected chemical evidence of bacteria utilizing it for photosynthesis by following the elements.

The announcement of course, could be something totally different.


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