Scientists have recreated the alien world of Titan on Earth

Scientists have recreated the alien world of Titan on Earth
Scientists have recreated the alien world of Titan on Earth
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Atmospheric conditions on the moon of Saturn have been replicated in tiny glass cylinders here on Earth.

Titan is the second largest satellite in the solar system after Jupiter's Ganymede and has a dense atmosphere composed mostly of nitrogen with a small amount of methane. A yellowish haze and a temperature of -180 degrees Celsius are characteristic features of Titan, writes Live Science.

Only one spacecraft - "Cassini" - observed Saturn and its moons in detail. To better understand the peculiarities of the "strange chemistry" found on Titan, scientists decided to simulate a copy of Titan in a test tube.

The researchers put liquid water in small glass cylinders and lowered the temperature. The water froze, mimicking Titan's ice crust. The team then injected ethane through a tube, which became liquid like lakes on Titan's surface. Finally, they added nitrogen to replace Titan's atmosphere, and tweaked the temperature slightly to simulate the actual temperature differences across Titan's surface and atmosphere.

The new study isn't perfect, the researchers admit. It does not take into account all the chemicals present on Titan, and therefore can only get a simplified picture of what is actually happening on the moon of Saturn.

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