Scientists Look For Tantalizing Evidence On Titan

There has been many articles on Titan concerning the Cassini spacecraft which has now made 68 flybys of Titan. Currently, 22 percent of Titan is mapped in radar and by the end of the mission in 2017, 50 percent will be mapped in radar. Even though it is known that Titan is a dead moon, it’s hard not to find an article concerning speculations on previous life there. However, William Bains of the Royal Astronomical Society doesn’t need evidence to tell UK astronomers of his convictions what he believes about life being on Titan.

“”Hollywood would have problems with these aliens” says Dr. Bains. “Beam one onto the Starship Enterprise and it would boil and then burst into flames, and the fumes would kill everyone in range. Even a tiny whiff of its breath would smell unbelievably horrible. But I think it is all the more interesting for that reason. Wouldn’t it be sad if the most alien things we found in the galaxy were just like us, but blue and with tails?”


“Dr Bains explained, “Terrestrial life uses about 700 molecules, but to find the right 700 there is reason to suppose that you need to be able to make 10 million or more. The issue is not how many molecules you can make, but whether you can make the collection you need to assemble a metabolism.”

Scientists getting their science from Hollywood movies and not even observing one ET but yet Dr Bains thinks he knows how many molecules it would take to create one. It’s like investigating the sun for life because it has protons and electrons (so-called building blocks for life). Great for storytelling, but not for true science. One of the things that is of great interest particularly to creationists is the age of Titan.

Titan’s atmosphere has been and still is undergoing irreversible processes which is a key to obtaining it’s real age. Methane irreversibly transforms into ethane and if there is no replenishment then the Methane would disappear! If Titan was 4.5 billion years old, observations of ethane should be a half mile thick over the moon! There are few craters which surprised scientists because of it’s assumed very old in the billion of years would indicate much more on the surface.  Evidence suggest Titan is not billions of years old but much younger. Looking for tantalizing evidence is one thing, but trying to find it is quite another.

After Six Years, Saturn’s Rings Confounds and Delights

The Cassini mission has produced an astounding array of observations about Saturn this past six years. It has confounded those who thought it would solve the mysteries of it’s origin.  In science, “An Evolving View of Saturn’s Dynamic Rings” reveals some interesting observations…

“We review our understanding of Saturn’s rings after nearly 6 years of observations by the Cassini spacecraft.  Saturn’s rings are composed mostly of water ice but also contain an undetermined reddish contaminant.”

“The rings exhibit a range of structure across many spatial scales; some  of this involves the interplay of the fluid nature and the self-gravity of innumerable orbiting centimeter- to meter-sized particles, and the effects of several peripheral and embedded moonlets, but much remains unexplained.”

“A few aspects of ring structure change on time scales as short as days.  It remains unclear whether the vigorous evolutionary processes  to which the rings are subject imply a much younger age than that of the solar system.  Processes on view at Saturn have parallels in circumstellar disks.”

Noticed how “evolution” is thrown in there time and time again, because what they observed were very short lifetimes of particles that make up Saturn’s rings which cannot be concluded as primordial. These particles move very fast compared to Saturn – about 20 km/sec, but collisions between them are very slight (0.01 to 0.1 cm/sec).

Some faint rings that were observed in 1981 during Voyager’s visit have changed, “D ring and inner C ring display a vertical corrugation that may have been generated only 25 years ago.” Dynamical effects that take place, happens in a matters of days or hours. For example, the F-ring which has a series of ringlets outside the main rings, where streamers of material get pulled out when the small moon Prometheus passes by.

This indeed is very interesting data which verifies creationism. So are evolutionary scientists better off now with six years of observational data? In one way, “yes” because the measurements are much more accurate but the rings themselves, “no.” So they are currently working on an explanation that would attempt to bring back the data into their framework.

The reason why the rings look young is because they are young! Isn’t science suppose to follow the evidence on where it may lead? They will postulate on unobservable entities which will give them an easier explanation. But science should remain real rather than fictional.

Evidence Continues To Demostrate Saturn’s Youthfulness

Ever since Cassini has been exploring the planet Saturn, scientists unwittingly have turned up evidence for creationism rather than revealing a very old appearance consisting of billions of years old.

One of the ways scientists were trying to fit it’s youthful appearance into their framework of an old Universe was with through the use of a computer simulation. The program came up with a scenario in which “particles could be colliding, fragmenting, and re-clumping, thus maintaining a fresh look for millions of years.” It was admitted, it’s not clear if re-clumping does occur because under that sort of situation it would have caused the moons to be pushed further out. Saturn’s rings appear brand new, bright and shiny and they should be considering the Universe is not that old!

Methane in the sky under the bombardment of solar winds observed on Titan has been perplexing for many evolutionary scientists, the lifetime of Titan’s atmospheric methane was straightforwardly calculated to be a few percent of the age of the solar system.” The solar bombardment over a very long period of time would have eliminated the methane in the sky but yet the substance remains.  This caused speculation of supply sources either external or internal.  External was ruled out, because there was not enough impacts to supply the methane, which leaves the internal source hypothesis.

Another problem with Titan was on the surface, it was predicted with calculations within it’s supposedly old age framework, the moon would have an global ocean of liquid ethane. The Huygens probe was supposed to be a floating device. As it turned out, there is not that much of ethane on the surface of Titan. The billion dollar question, where did the substance go?  Vaporization doesn’t come easily for ethane which indicates a young age.

The Institute for Creation Research points out…

“Another indicator of youth is that Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons photographed on Cassini’s latest flyby, is spewing ice into space in a giant plume, like a water faucet with the handle stuck on.”

“The spray of icy particles from the surface jets collectively forms a towering plume three times taller than the width of Enceladus. Evolutionary scientists do not have an explanation for why Enceladus still retains enough material to continue supplying the fountain, as well as enough energy to keep the pressure on.”

“What causes and controls the jets is a mystery.” Like Saturn’s rings, Enceladus shows no hint of being 4.5 billion years old, but instead appears remarkably young. There are also clear signs of youth on another of Saturn’s moon, Titan, which does not have the oceans of ethane or the myriad of craters that naturalistic models predicted.”

It’s true, evolutionary scientists haven’t come up with viable explanations on why their model predictions have been off, but it doesn’t mean they will not be able to come up with an explanation even though that particular explanation is not a viable one. One has to keep in mind, those searching for the naturalistic explanation have to fit the evidence into their models rather than the other way around. But it’s quite a good fit with the creationist model and it demonstrates once again, it’s more way accurate than the presentation of naturalism.

Saturn’s G Ring May Have a Few Specs In It

After many days of studying various pictures of the slender G ring of Saturn, scientists believe there are at least one or more moonlits traveling within the ring itself. In a NASA press release stated; “Micrometeoroids collide with the large particles, releasing smaller, dust-sized particles that brighten the arc.  The plasma in the giant planet’s magnetic field sweeps through this arc continually, dragging out the fine particles and creating the G ring.”

Now what I find interesting in the new discoveries of Saturn’s rings, scientists seem to have neglected trying to answer the question, “How can all these interactions so delicate and dynamic with these rings could continue on for billions of years?”

Before we were able to observe this rings more closely with the Cassini spacecraft, scientists were expecting far less complex rings which were suppose to be more stable. They never came close to predicting ring spokes, ring collisions, many thousands of ringlets and ring arcs.

One would think these  moons and particles had pretty much settled into a stable old age so I wouldn’t necessarily blame the scientists for predicting simple and stable rings because of their belief in an old Universe. Although, as a creationist, I don’t agree with the concept of an old universe but do agree with Saturn’s rings displaying their youthfulness so it’s not surprising to find delicate and dynamic rings to study.

Now on Saturn’s G ring the moonlet in which is believed to be found is so tiny that it cannot even measure it’s size but suspect it might be the source for the G ring. Science Daily reports

“This brings the number of Saturnian ring arcs with embedded moonlets found by Cassini to three. The new moonlet may not be alone in the G ring arc. Previous measurements with other Cassini instruments implied the existence of a population of particles, possibly ranging in size from 1 to 100 meters (about three to several hundred feet) across.

“Meteoroid impacts into, and collisions among, these bodies and the moonlet could liberate dust to form the arc,” said Hedman.”

The next encounter for Cassini will be interesting in itself as it will be taking more pictures of Titan, on March 27, 2009. Next year, Cassini is programmed to get a much needed closer look at Saturn’s rings. Perhaps reveal better detail of the rings and a better look at the tiny specs one can hardly see at all from it’s current arrary of pictures.