We Earthlings cannot live without water. But what about alien life? Can there be alien life on Titan? Can they live without water? This is one question that we should be asking to ourselves again and again. The problem with our thought process is that it is crippled. It is crippled by the conditions that we face on Earth and the expectation that stem out of those conditions. For instance, we know that life is literally impossible without water on this planet. It is because of this knowledge our expectations are that life somewhere else in universe will also need water.
Possibility of Alien Life on Titan
But how true is that? Alien life on Titan? After all, alien life may be truly alien and bizarre. Aliens may live in conditions that may be deadly to any known life form on Earth. In hunt for alien life, we don’t need to look far beyond our solar system. We just need to step on Titan – the moon of Saturn.
Titan is known to be covered in oceans, lakes and streams. Unlike Earth’s water-based oceans, lakes and streams, the liquid bodies on Titan are composed of something else. They are all made of Ethane and Methane in liquid forms. Isn’t that the setup for a truly alien world?
The question is, if there is no water on Titan and it is all Ethane and Methane, could life possibly exist there? The answer to this question can be found in “Polymorphism and electronic structure of polyimine and its potential significance for prebiotic chemistry on Titan”. That’s a paper that has been published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. It is all about a new scientific research that hopes to find completely new lifeforms or alien life on Titan.
The published paper is a study of all similarities of Titan with our Earth and all the differences between the two celestial bodies. It also explores the possibility of existence of alien life on the distant moon.
Experiments and Possibilities of Alien Life on Titan
According to the abstract of the study, the most abundant hydrogen-binding molecule present in Titan’s atmosphere is hydrogen cyanide. Suggestions from observational and experimental data state that hydrogen cyanide molecules, may on Titan’s surface, polymerize into polyimine.
The group of scientists involved in this study state that they polyimine has really interesting structural and electrical properties. They found these properties using what is known as quantum mechanical calculations. These interesting properties of polyimine can actually support prebiotic chemistry in cryogenic conditions that are similar to Titan.
Martin Rahm, the lead researcher of the published study, says that on Earth, all experiments that are run are at room temperature. Which is why, our expectations are also similar. The distant moon of Saturn is a totally different kind of beast.