Jonathan Lunine

Jun. 11, 2010

Titan's Chemistry and the Search for Life

Two recent papers involving the amounts of certain hydrocarbons on Saturn's moon Titan had some media outlets abuzz with talk of extraterrestrial life. We'll talk about what the researchers actually observed, and what it might mean.

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