We’ve all wondered what an alien world would look like and now thanks to a footage uploaded by NASA, we do not have to wonder anymore! The video looks like straight from a sci-fi flick except, well, this isn’t a movie but something that actually happened back in 2005.
Taken by NASA’s Huygens probe, the video brings us to the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The footage has been released by the space agency to mark the approaching end of the nearly 20-year Cassini mission because the spacecraft is expected to descend in a self-destruct mission into the fiery planet this year since it is already running low on fuel.
Huygens, a European Space Agency project, journeyed to Titan along with NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.
Huygens later separated from the mothership on the Christmas Eve of 2004 and then went towards Titan on a 20-day travel.
The video shows us a series of photos captured by its tiny camera.
On the said footage, we will see the highlands of rugged ice and dried-up riverbeds visible from above.
Jim Green, NASA Director of Planetary Science, said:
“‘Twelve years ago, a small probe touched down on an orangish, alien world in the outer solar system, marking humankind’s most distant landing to date.
“Studying Titan helps us tease out the potential of habitability of this tiny world and better understand the chemistry of the early Earth.”
Astronomy experts consider Titan as one of the most interesting places to study when it comes to alien life.
It has a thick atmosphere and organic chemistry that somehow resembles a frozen version of our planet billions of years ago.
You can watch the video here:
Linda Spilker, Project Scientist of Cassini, said:
“The Huygens descent and landing represented a major breakthrough in our exploration of Titan as well as the first soft landing on an outer-planet moon.”
Alex Hayes, a Cassini scientist at Cornell University, added:
“Cassini and Huygens have shown us that Titan is an amazing world with a landscape that mimics Earth in many ways,’ said
“During its descent, the Huygens probe captured views that demonstrated an entirely new dimension to that comparison and highlights that there is so much more we have yet to discover.
“For me, Huygens has emphasized why it is so important that we continue to explore Titan.”
Research Reveals Drug-Resistant “Nightmare Bacteria” is Rapidly Spreading in Hospitals
Bad news: A potentially deadly drug-resistant bacteria is rapidly and silently spreading in hospitals.
New evidence pertaining to a more widespread and undetected transmission of multidrug-resistant and potentially deadly superbugs called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), tagged as "nightmare bacteria," has been found - and it doesn't look good.
Findings of a new research suggest that CRE is spreading more rapidly and more extensively than previously believed, apparently without causing symptoms thus avoiding detection. A team of researchers studied 250 samples of CRE in four hospitals in the United States and found out that the said bacteria has a diverse variety of species and a huge arsenal of genetic traits that enable them to resist antimicrobial agents. What is more devastating is that these traits are easily transferred among the various species of CRE. The researchers call this a "riot of diversity."
Here is how antibiotic resistance develops:
Never Brush Your Teeth Ever Again, New Drug ‘Helps Rotten Teeth Grow Back’
You don’t have to brush your teeth ever again.
If you’re afraid of or hate going to the dentist, then this is surely great news for you. A new treatment was created that may potentially help in bringing back to life rotten teeth. The results of the recent trials proved to be pretty good. The process is actually simple, too. Instead of using cement filling, a sponge soaked in the new drug, tideglusib, which is supposed to target the tooth decay.
The biodegradable sponge soaked in the medicine will be left for a while in the tooth. From there, the decaying tooth will start rebuilding itself. With the emergence of tideglusib, this could mean we could say goodbye dental fillings for good.
Incredible Plans Unveiled For World’s First ‘Floating City’ in the Middle of the Pacific
Construction is expected to begin in 2019. Sci-fi just got real!
As recent reports have confirmed, it looks like we are merely a few years away from having the world’s first floating city – which will be built in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In fact, construction of the said project is expected to commence as early as 2019. For the past 5 years, the Seasteading Institute has spent the past five years researching and planning how to build "permanent, innovative communities floating at sea".
As we all know, French Polynesia has always been at risk from rising sea levels since it is composed of 118 islands in the Southern Pacific.