We had a great meeting today with another large turnout. Judit Szulágyi gave a presentation about habitability zones. We discussed a recent article on arxiv.org about detecting life with microbial fuel cells. Then we capped off the hour with a lengthy review of the recent papers that lend evidence to Titan having methane-based life.
Here is the original press release, “What is Consuming Hydrogen and Acetylene on Titan?” and Chris McKay’s response from earlier this week to the furor it kicked up. And here are the four papers referenced in the discussion today:
- The abundances of constituents of Titan’s atmosphere from the GCMS instrument on the Huygens probe
- Possibilities for methanogenic life in liquid methane on the surface of Titan
- Molecular hydrogen in Titan’s atmosphere: Implications of the measured tropospheric and thermospheric mole fractions
- Detection and Mapping of Hydrocarbon Deposits on Titan