Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Scientists agree $3 billion Titan pictures are totally sweet.



On Friday, NASA recieved more awe-inspiring pictures of frozen rock to add to their tax-funded photo album. No, these aren't more boring Martian landscapes, and they're not the same old passé lunar snapshots. These are better. They're from farther away.

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Huygens spacecraft detached from NASA's Cassini probe Friday to begin the 2-1/2 hour descent to the surface of Titan, Saturn's second-largest moon. Scientists hope Titan will reveal secrets about the development of life on early Earth, since Earth and Titan are so similar... except Titan is a moon, and it's half the Earth's size, and it's several hundred million miles further from the sun, and oh yeah... its over three-hundred degrees colder on a warm day. Oh well, like Martin Luther always said, "When you've got a nitrogen-based atmosphere and three billion dollars, you can hardly go wrong."

Martin Tomasko, UA research professor and DISR principal investigator commented that Titan contains methane, hydrocarbons and amino acids, which are all substances required for primitive life. In a completely unrelated story, an equipment fabricator at ESA has been unsuccessful in locating his misplaced amino acids.

Read more at Arizona Daily Wildcat.

6 Comments:

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January 20, 2005 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Kieran said...

For those who don't know, space is that black stuff above your head that you only see if you look up at night. You have to be outside though, or by a window. Also, if you live in a city then the glare of the lights precludes from seeing it. You can see it on TV though, or probably on the internet nowadays. People used to really like space because it has the universe in it, but now cyber space is where the universe that people bother about resides.

January 21, 2005 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger EngineerDan said...

This is actually quite comforting. I used to think that space was the medium through which I moved every day. Since space is now confined solely to "outer space" I formally claim the aforementioned medium as "Dan's Dimension".

And if Daniel Eisenstein wants to claim that is flat, he'd better bring along a pair of nunchakus.

January 21, 2005 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Slate Goddard said...

What's your deal with Daniel Eisenstein? He's like a scientist, right?

January 27, 2005 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger EngineerDan said...

What's my DEAL with Daniel Eisenstein? He's only trying to explain dimensional physics in an easy-to-understand way! Fuck off with your pro-Eisenstein propaganda! Traitor!

(Just dabbling with irrationality. Daniel Eisenstein is the canvas upon which I chose to paint.)

January 27, 2005 at 9:14 AM  
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