Episode 132: Does Titan Harbour the Building Blocks of Life?, with Ravi Desai

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Feature Guest: Ravi Desai

It was recently reported that Saturn’s moon Titan harbours complex chemistry the likes of which we’ve never before seen in our solar system. On today’s episode of The Star Spot, the leader of the discovery Ravi Desai explains the implication of discovering these building blocks of life on a world that many are now calling the most habitable location beyond Earth.


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About Our Guest

Ravi Desai is PhD Candidate in Space Physics at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at University College London. He is a member of the Cassini Science Team and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.


Saturn’s moon Titan may harbour simple life forms – and reveal how organisms first formed on Earth (theconversation.com)

All about the Cassini mission (Nasa.gov)

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