NASA Discover Tupperware Plastic On Titan

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 - 4:30PM
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Wednesday, 02 October 2013 - 4:30PM
NASA Discover Tupperware Plastic On Titan

In space, no one can hear you store your sandwiches....That is until now. NASA scientists have discovered the building block of everyone's favourite storage containers, Propylene. Propylene is used in a wide range of plastic-based products here on Earth (in it's hardened Polypropylene form), now NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found traces of the molecule in gas form on Saturn's moon, Titan. 

 

Scientists were hoping to make this discovery all the way back in 1980 when NASA's Voyager 1 craft passed by Titan. As it studied Titan, Voyager 1 was only able to detect the heaviest and lightest particles on the moon's atmosphere, which meant propylene went undetected. Thankfully, where Voyager 1 dropped the ball, Cassini was able to come in and sort the whole situation out, confirming to scientists that this molecule that is so abundant here on Earth, does indeed exist elsewhere.

 

As one YouTube commenter quite rightly asks, when do we start mining for tupperware?!

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