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Would tardigrades survive on Titan?

  1. Jul 26, 2014 #1
    If Titan's hydrocarbon seas were seeded with tardigrades, would the tardigrades survive and thrive?
     
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  3. Jul 26, 2014 #2

    Drakkith

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    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.
     
  4. Jul 26, 2014 #3

    jim mcnamara

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    Tardigrades require oxygen for respiration - the atmosphere on Titan is primarily nitrogen and methane, with other hydrocarbons. No oxygen as far as is known.
     
  5. Jul 28, 2014 #4
    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.
     
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