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Life on Titan

The Science channel has this show called Exodus Earth which features a different planet/moon as a possible settlement for earthlings (after we've fucked over our current dwelling).

I watched an episode on demand that describes one of Saturn's moons, Titan, as an "ideal" relocation spot.

Here is my list of pros and cons - you decide:

Pros
- On Titan, you would weigh 1/7th your current weight BUT have the same muscle strength.
- On Titan, you would be able to flap your wings and fly (see above for why).
- Titan's atmosphere is very similar to our own, in that it has loads of nitrogen
- There are water-geysers that freeze immediately after eruption. I consider this a pro because it would be pretty. Unless you got caught in one, then not so much.

Cons
- It rains liquid methane
- It is -300 F on Titan.
- Scientists think Titan's core is not connected to it's crust, that there is a water-like substance floating between. This means, the crust can move (imagine if your city, every 2-months moved 15 miles in either direction).
- When it rains liquid methane, it produces 50-60' waves.
- Did I mention it's -300 F
- There's no oxygen
- It takes six years to get there and you have to get through a 100-million mile long asteroid belt.

I was all anti-Titan because I do not like cold. Or liquid methane (I think, anyways). But due to the fact I could fly by flapping my wings, I am willing to reconsider my position. 

Comments

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wirenth
Jul. 7th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
partly cloudy, chance of liquid methane doesn't really sound that appealing.

although the whole floating city thing could be a really convenient excuse for why i was late for work.
rozae
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
I always learn so much from your journal. I think I have said that before.

I could not live on Titan because it is far too cold. Lacey also would not want to live there because it is far too cold. Because we both agree on this, obviously Titan is truly far too cold.

What was the show's best option CLOSER to the sun?
rinalia
Jul. 9th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks! :)

Liquid methane and being frozen are two big reasons why I just cannot fathom living there.

I'll have to watch the other shows - I'll let you know!
ppunkgoddess
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
I'm down with your reasoning. I second the idea of flapping = flying = awesome.
zebrallama
Jul. 7th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
LOL. I teach a course on cosmology. You could submit this for credit.
rinalia
Jul. 9th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Can you just give me credit now? Or a credential card that says I could get credit? Anything, really. :)

Thanks for the paper. I will read it this weekend. :)
zebrallama
Jul. 9th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Yes, good idea. I award you 10/10, for 49% of the overall course mark. To get the other 51%, I'm afraid you have to come to classes in Australia. The course is http://xeny.net/PhilosophyOfTheCosmos
mcsassypants
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
while flying=awesome, consider -300F+raining liquid methane=living indoors permenently, which does not = awesome.
yesididit
Jul. 9th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
hehehe, thank you for posting this awesomeness and making me smile.
rinalia
Jul. 9th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Yay!

I can't wait to watch the other episodes. I can only watch them at my parents, seeing how I don't have tv.
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