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Old 11-30-10, 11:17 AM
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NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

http://www.ajc.com/news/has-nasa-found-life-759404.html

As news conferences go, this one could be a doozy.

NASA has called a 2 p.m. news conference for Thursday "to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life."

Speculation is growing that NASA has discovered life on one of Saturn's moons.

The space agency did not release more details, but the list of news conference participants is telling, according to blogger Jason Kottke.

The group includes Pamela Conrad, author of a paper on geology and life on Mars; and James Elser, an Arizona State University professor involved in a NASA-funded program that emphasizes looking at the chemistry of environments where life evolves.

"So, if I had to guess at what NASA is going to reveal on Thursday, I'd say that they've discovered arsenic on Titan and maybe even detected chemical evidence of bacteria utilizing it for photosynthesis (by following the elements)," Kottke wrote.

Stay tuned.
Could be a interesting presser.
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

Call us back when there's proof.
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

This will likely be about Cassini finding oxygen atmosphere on Rhea. Too cold and lack of water for life though.. well.. at least as we know it.
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

Indeed, we don't know what other forms life could take. I can see it being a solid mineral that neither reproduces or moves. Sure, some may call them rocks, but those are just alien deniers and small minded people.
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

meh, if they don't have the internet, how can they call it a life
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

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Indeed, we don't know what other forms life could take. I can see it being a solid mineral that neither reproduces or moves. Sure, some may call them rocks, but those are just alien deniers and small minded people.
Press conference skepticism indeed...
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

Whatever it is, we should probably nuke it in case it's a threat.
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

It's a Monolith.
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

Will this life be like all those "planets" we've discovered? "Theoretically they should be there...so we're going to pretend from now on that they are."
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Whatever it is, we should probably nuke it in case it's a threat.
The human race will find a way to kill it either with ignorance or stupidity.
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will this life be like all those "planets" we've discovered? "theoretically they should be there...so we're going to pretend from now on that they are."
blasphemy!!!!
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

My God...it's full of stars!
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My God...it's full of stars!
You dumbass.
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I've yet to see any "evidence" that "Saturn" let alone it's "moons" "exist."
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

Originally Posted by Numanoid View Post
Will this life be like all those "planets" we've discovered? "Theoretically they should be there...so we're going to pretend from now on that they are."
So it only counts if we observe them visually? If I'm ever on trial and the only evidence against me is forensic, I want you on the jury.
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

Originally Posted by starman9000 View Post
I've yet to see any "evidence" that "Saturn" let alone it's "moons" "exist."
I know you're kidding here, but this gives me the opportunity to restate how truly awesome it is to see Saturn "live" through a telescope. Even a small telescope will show the distinct shape of the rings. Granted, much better images have been captured, but seeing it for yourself is incomparable to any photo, in my most humble opinion. Saturn and Jupiter (with its moons) - seriously, if you have the chance, check 'em out and be awed!

As for life on a moon; probably a germ that'll wipe out mankind the moment we disturb it.
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

Originally Posted by kvrdave View Post
blasphemy!!!!
Are you manually creating your quotes? Why is mine all messed up in that post?
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

Originally Posted by numanoid View Post
are you manually creating your quotes? Why is mine all messed up in that post?
i'm guessing he typed his message in all caps, i believe the forum software automatically reduces the entire message to lower-case if you do that. (testing this theory with my post)
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

Update: According to Alexis Madrigal, the answer to the hyperbolic question in the headline is "no".

I'm sad to quell some of the @kottke-induced excitement about possible extraterrestrial life. I've seen the Science paper. It's not that.
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

I've just got one question:

Is this going to be a stand up fight...or another bug hunt?
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

stay away from Europa


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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

Then I suppose it has to be an atmosphere that could possibly house some form of life.
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

Originally Posted by Bronkster View Post
I know you're kidding here, but this gives me the opportunity to restate how truly awesome it is to see Saturn "live" through a telescope. Even a small telescope will show the distinct shape of the rings. Granted, much better images have been captured, but seeing it for yourself is incomparable to any photo, in my most humble opinion. Saturn and Jupiter (with its moons) - seriously, if you have the chance, check 'em out and be awed!

As for life on a moon; probably a germ that'll wipe out mankind the moment we disturb it.
Agreed. I have used their big one (24.5 inch) a few times. http://www.perr.com/gosp.html

I did get pissed when I found out that the universe apparently isn't in color though. Freaking 1950 technology, I suppose.
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Re: NASA has found life on one of Saturn's moons?

Originally Posted by WallyOPD View Post
i'm guessing he typed his message in all caps, i believe the forum software automatically reduces the entire message to lower-case if you do that. (testing this theory with my post)
I always wondered why that happens.

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