Circling Saturn is a unique moon called Titan. Titan is Saturn's largest moon, and it has a few striking similarities to Earth.
Titan is the only other body in our solar system that has flowing surface liquid. Titan has rivers, lakes and seas made up of methane and ethane.
Titan also contains plenty of water. Unfortunately, with the temperature averaging -290 degrees Fahrenheit, that water is locked away in ice.
A recent study has discovered another similarity between Titan and Earth.A new study from Cornell University has shown that Titan may have the potential to create life!
The study used data collected fromNASA's Cassini-Huygens mission. Cassini-Huygens is an ambitious study of Saturn and its moons. It had a probe land on Titan.
The Cornell researchers discovered that the atmosphere of Titan contains Hydrogen Cyanide. Hydrogen Cyanide, or HCN, is very important to prebiotic life.
The HCN could potentially react with other chemicals in the atmosphere to create a polymer called polyimine. At Titan's temperature, polyimine could potentially supportmicrobial evolution.
Scientists are understandably reserved about their findings.According to the report, this only shows that there might be a future potential for life, not actual life itself.
The team at Cornell will continue to run experiments here on Earth, using conditions similar to Titan. They hope to have a better grasp of the life-creating potential of this fascinating moon.