” NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has found a material on Saturn’s moon, Titan, that can be used to make plastic, the space agency said on Monday, adding that it was the definitive detection of such an element on any moon or planet, other than Earth.
According to NASA, Cassini detected a small amount of propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, in Titan’s lower atmosphere. To make the discovery, Cassini used its Composite Infrared Spectrometer, or CIRS, which measures the infrared light, or heat radiation, emitted from Saturn and its moons.
“This measurement was very difficult to make because propylene’s weak signature is crowded by related chemicals with much stronger signals,” Michael Flasar, Goddard scientist and principal investigator for CIRS, said in a statement
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