First, NASA scientists have spotted a molecule of cyclopropanylidine (C3H2) in the atmosphere of Titan, the largest of Saturn’s 62 moons. Calling the development “unexpected”, scientists claim it is the first time they have discovered the molecule in an environment. They found C3H2 using a radio telescope observatory in northern Chile called Atacama Large Millim / Sub Millimeter (ALMA). Scientists believe that this carbon-based molecule “could be a precursor to more complex compounds that could make life possible on Titan.”
The discovery of molecules in Titan’s atmosphere is also surprising because so far, C3H2 has only been found in galaxy pockets in galaxy and dust clouds that float between star systems. These areas are very cold to facilitate many chemical reactions. Titan’s atmosphere is dense and it is a hive of chemical activity. NASA says that in this type of atmosphere, cyclopropanylidine can easily react with other molecules, which is why scientists are now more interested in the moon.
Connor Nixon, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said, “When I realized I was looking at cyclopropanylidine, my first thought was, ‘OK. , It’s really unexpected. “Nixon, who led the ALMA search, and his team were able to detect a small amount of C3H2 in Titan as they searched the upper layers of the moon’s atmosphere, where There are few other gases that can be negotiated for C3H2, the results of which have been published in the Astronomical Journal.