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Mystery object in lake on Saturn's moon Titan intrigues scientists

• The Guardian

Scientists are investigating a mystery object that appeared for a moment and then vanished again from a giant lake on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.

They spotted the object in an image taken by Nasa's Cassini probe as it swung around the alien moon last year more than a billion kilometres from Earth. Pictures taken of the same spot saw nothing before or some days later.....

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Comment by PureTrust
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Over the last week or so, Freedom's Phoenix hosted articles about an ocean of water about 400 miles down, inside the earth. If it is true, such a lake might hold some slight significance for people living on earth. But whatever goes on 400 miles down, is something that nobody has seen, or ever will see... at least not within any of our lifetimes.

In the light of the above, what real worth is there in looking at some unknown and unknowable happenstance that might be an anomaly, on a moon of Saturn millions upon millions of miles away? If such a thing affects the people of earth is some way, there are billions of things right next door that are going to affect them billions of times more.

Now, I don't mean to belittle the curiosity of anyone. When I focused on the Titan riddle as I read this FP article, I, too, had my curiosity aroused. In fact, life is about examining the strange things in life. But here's the point.

Look at the expense involved. And it comes through Government funding via Government grants and such, grant money that was virtually stolen from the people through taxes. Now, that might be okay, except that the people won't receive a single benefit out of it, other than to have their curiosity piqued like mine was.

Meanwhile, there are Americans living in abject poverty. There are homeless kids wandering the streets, wondering if the next dumpster will have something in it for them to eat. War veterans are dying in veteran hospitals without their needs even being addressed. And Government grants money to scientists so that they can investigate some anomaly on Moon Titan?

Quit wasting our money. Go read Jules Verne again if you need some science fiction-like excitement.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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I'd have guessed it is the difference in the position of the sun hitting Titan with in one instance the mystery object is hidden in deep shadow ... but you'd think they'd already have thought of that and dismissed it. It isn't tide going out. And it is big. "Ice"berg?