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Old 06-29-2019, 06:51 PM
 
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I haven’t been following this very closely but that raises an interesting question. Why did they choose Titan? I do agree the two you mentioned seemed much more relevant to human interests, from the little I know. Europa sounds good as well.
Titan is of interest because it has a substantial atmosphere whereas the others don't.
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Old 07-16-2019, 07:38 PM
 
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I haven’t been following this very closely but that raises an interesting question. Why did they choose Titan? I do agree the two you mentioned seemed much more relevant to human interests, from the little I know. Europa sounds good as well.
Methane seas and being the only moon with a noticeable atmosphere...and a very thick atmosphere. If they could only research one celestial body, period, I'd want it to be Titan.

If we find life there...that's going to be some of the weirdest and most interesting life we've ever imagined.
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Old 07-16-2019, 07:45 PM
 
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It's a huge waste of tax-payer money that will result in a nothing-burger.

They need to be looking at Io or Ganymede, not Titan.

They need to be looking at how to get the hell off Earth and survive, and Titan will never in any way assist in that endeavor.

Ganymede has a magnetic field, which means it likely has a molten core, and the magnetic field will shield out solar radiation.
I'm open to just scrapping most of space exploration due to it being "a waste of taxpayer money." There is a lot of stuff relating to monitoring space that can greatly help humanity...particularly if it involves monitoring cosmic rays and solar activity and Earth's atmosphere and that sort of thing...but I kind of feel like most of exploring other planets is just kind of intriguing...but not something that'll have much long term value. I'm wondering if we should just let the private companies explore Mars.

I don't think attempting to colonize other planets is ever going to do anyone any good though, in any meaningful amount of time. No matter how close to ideal the planet is...it'll never be as good as Earth, even an Earth after the worst disaster possible that leaves any survivors whatsoever.

The only advantage I see to spreading to other planets is that the species will survive if something happens to the Earth...but I don't see much of a reason to be concerned about the survival of the species...just the people on it, and anything that leaves Earth in worse shape than any other planet in the solar system probably won't leave any survivors to go to that other planet. If we can only survive on some nearly barren off-world rock, that may not be much of a life.

I figure all we have to do is be around long enough and then we'll just naturally develop techniques to colonize other worlds and live in space stations permanently, and money spent on improving things here on Earth rather than space exploration could help our species be around longer.
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:45 AM
 
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Methane seas and being the only moon with a noticeable atmosphere...and a very thick atmosphere. If they could only research one celestial body, period, I'd want it to be Titan.

If we find life there...that's going to be some of the weirdest and most interesting life we've ever imagined.
If nothing else, there should hopefully be prebiotic chemistry that we can study so we can get more of a clue about how life might have started on Earth. Right now scientists are having to make SWAGs because the early organic chemistry on the Earth has been obliterated.
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:57 PM
 
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If nothing else, there should hopefully be prebiotic chemistry that we can study so we can get more of a clue about how life might have started on Earth. Right now scientists are having to make SWAGs because the early organic chemistry on the Earth has been obliterated.
yeah...that's probably a more realistic likelihood than finding life.
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