ECOSYSTEM : Titan, Saturn’s moon
Team member : Éloïse Cuny
Nowadays, most space missions are turning towards Mars.
But what if Mars was only a temporary option, and why not look into Titan, one of Saturn's moons?
Although Titan turns out to be one of the most similar places in our entire solar system to ressemble Earth, this satellite could not welcome us as from tomorrow.
First of all, there is no oxygen on the satellite, and although Titan has all the elements necessary for life: its atmosphere contains a lot of nitrogen and methane; liquid water and ammonia; we are faced with several issues.
Of course, water could be used to generate oxygen and we could add nitrogen. Water and methane could be used to produce fuel and for energy; nitrogen, methane and ammonia could all be used as fertilizers to produce food; the freezing temperatures could be regulated by the energy produced and artificial light generated continuously; the slightest problem would be that big explosions could occur. In addition, residents would be required to wear protective coveralls -spacesuits- that protect them from the cold and allow them to breathe.
But what if this time, instead of adapting the environment to humans, it would not be the opposite, humans who adapt to the environment of Titan?
We are projecting ourselves in a few thousand years ahead where humans will have been mutated genetically to survive the physical conditions of the largest moon of Saturn: Titan.
Since their mutation and their shipments on Titan, humans have evolved and lived fully without oxygen. Indeed, life on Titan evolves in an eco-system based not on oxygen and water but on nitrogen and methane.
As on earth where micro-bacterias were discovered under several meters of ice in Antarctica and having survived for more than 1.5 million years; life on Titan lives in a world much colder than the one we know here on Earth. In fact temperatures are about -180 degrees Celcius and only 0.1% of the sun's rays we receive on Earth reach the surface of Titan.
Titan is therefore an opportunity of renewal. A chance for humanity to learn from past mistakes and move forward.
The colonization of this satellite is a success: its capital is now recognized worldwide as the city of knowledge. While going to Titan over the years, everything that humans will have learned on Earth they will have brought with them in order to contribute to the emergence of an exceptional civilization. The first inhabitants of Titan were of all nationalities, professions, and came from varied social backgrounds and had different interests. All of this diversity gave birth to Utopus, the city of knowledge, technology and science, which evolves through sharing. The civilization of Utopus is full of ambition and life on the moon of Saturn in all harmony.
The inhabitants of Utopus are researchers, astronomers, architects and designers; they are creators and visionaries who share their knowledge with the world.