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Cassini finds building blocks of life on Titan


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Cassini is conducting the grand finale before it plunges to its death, which will see it plunge into the surface of Saturn and destroy itself, ensuring that it can't spread life around our solar system. 

...And then finally, after billions of years, the countdown nears completion, for on this day the hatching begins and an unstoppable chain reaction of life will flourish through Saturn's veins seeding a species so remarkable, so intelligent that.... hang on!  What's that object blazing towards the nest? OMG! Not now! ....WHYyyyyyyyyyyyy!... :rofl::rofl::rofl:

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If the building blocks of life can exist on cassini then the chances of the building blocks of life being present throughout the universe must be greater now

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Weeeell... the probability is what it always was. It's just that our understanding of the odds have changed :) 

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7 hours ago, EBE Hybrid said:

If the building blocks of life can exist on cassini then the chances of the building blocks of life being present throughout the universe must be greater now

I'm not sure it works like that and if it did then certainly satellites and such, which have no precautions used when building them save clean rooms and comets would've spread far more "building blocks of life".  What they are concerned with, I believe,is actual bacteria that was missed during the sterilization process and having that spread on another solar body, especially one like Titan that has so much "food" for said bacteria to consume and grow.  At least that is what I believe and if wrong then hopefully someone corrects me.  Crashing the probe into Saturn guarantees no possibility of "infecting" another solar body.

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what if, to make life it takes a factory? not like a factory as we know it, but maybe life starts out as microbes on a methane rich planet/moon like titan and then in order to get more complex life that life has to be somehow transported to an earth like planet/moon where the microbes evolve further.....sort of a galactic butterfly lifecycle

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11 hours ago, EBE Hybrid said:

If the building blocks of life can exist on cassini then the chances of the building blocks of life being present throughout the universe must be greater now

 

4 hours ago, Merc14 said:

I'm not sure it works like that and if it did then certainly satellites and such, which have no precautions used when building them save clean rooms and comets would've spread far more "building blocks of life".  What they are concerned with, I believe,is actual bacteria that was missed during the sterilization process and having that spread on another solar body, especially one like Titan that has so much "food" for said bacteria to consume and grow.  At least that is what I believe and if wrong then hopefully someone corrects me.  Crashing the probe into Saturn guarantees no possibility of "infecting" another solar body.

Sorry, my error, I meant to type that if "the building blocks of life exist on Titan" etc, etc,

If we were talking about the building blocks building up on Cassini that'd mean we were having a conversation about a human influenced panspermia (see the music video for Blackstar - David Bowie), where as the point of the original thread is has nothing to do with panspermia, David Bowie or the magnificent video made to accompany Mr Bowie's fantastic musical masterpiece "Blackstar", although if anybody wishes to chat about, or discuss any of the topics mentioned in this post, i'll be happy to join in

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Great read!

And just to add, I had no idea that Titan is nearly as large as Mars.

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