Register to reply

Would tardigrades survive on Titan?

by Ontophile
Tags: tardigrades, titan
Share this thread:
Jul26-14, 01:13 AM
P: 15
If Titan's hydrocarbon seas were seeded with tardigrades, would the tardigrades survive and thrive?
Phys.Org News Partner Astronomy news on
The entropy of black holes
Modified theory of dark matter
Gaia discovers its first supernova
Jul26-14, 05:46 AM
Drakkith's Avatar
P: 11,994
No, the surface temperature is much too cold and there is nothing for them to eat. Tardigrades are only able to survive at the 94 kelvin of Titan's surface in a sort of "hibernation" state and would die after a few days.
jim mcnamara
Jul26-14, 09:32 AM
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
P: 1,386
Tardigrades require oxygen for respiration - the atmosphere on Titan is primarily nitrogen and methane, with other hydrocarbons. No oxygen as far as is known.

Jul28-14, 11:14 AM
P: 40
Would tardigrades survive on Titan?

I dont think Tardigrades would survive, but you can always assume a life form which needs liquid methane except water to survive, and needs other chemicals to live.

Register to reply

Related Discussions
Tardigrades are earth's toughest creatures Biology 6
How can 'indestructible' tardigrades[water bears] be eaten? Biology 4
Ti-89 Titan: HOW DO YOU PUT THIS IN? Calculators 1
Titan sugar Astronomy & Astrophysics 5
Life on Titan! General Discussion 17