New Study Identifies Saturn’s Moon As Best Place To Re-Home Humans

Saturn’s biggest moon, Titan, is said to be rich in resources and able to sustain life.

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The planet Saturn has 53 moons, but it’s largest, Titan has been identified as the perfect place to re-home humans, once we finally finish stripping and pillaging Earth. Titan is said to have enough resources to sustain a colony at least the size of the United States.

Research published July 2, 2017 in the Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach is titled “Energy Options for Future Humans on Titan”. Scientists reviewed everything known about Titan, and reported the astrological body has high potential, particularly because it can provide energy resources in the form of hydropower, solar, wind, nuclear and chemical energy.

According to the study, ”Once propulsion challenges are overcome, allowing humans to travel great distances quickly without incurring significant radiation damage, Saturn’s moon Titan is the optimal location in the solar system for an off-Earth human settlement.”

Titan is 808 million miles from Earth, so current space travel technology would not support transporting resources from Earth to Titan. Titan would have to be self-sustaining. Furthermore, it would not be easy to travel between Earth and Titan. Prior expeditions to Saturn have taken about three to six years.

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Saturn’s moon Titan never gets brighter than dusk on Earth. Credit: Pixabay

One problem with re-homing to Titan is its distance from the sun. Saturn is 10 times farther than Earth from the Sun. Still, scientists said it could still be possible to generate a significant amount of solar energy. Unfortunately, the Titan moon doesn’t get much light— it never gets much brighter than dusk on Earth.

A John Hopkins planetary scientist Ralph Lorenz, unassociated with the study, compared an area on Saturn, the “Throat of Kraken” with the Strait of Gibraltar, saying it would be the ideal locale for the settlement. Lorenz told New Scientist, “We’re pretty sure there’s a very strong flow of liquid back and forth every Titan day. If you want reliable power that you know is going to be accessible, that’s where I would go.”

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