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Perhaps the worlds beyond Earth aren’t so alien after all. Last week, Curiosity found water on Mars and, this week, NASA scientists announced that the Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, an ingredient in common household plastics, on Saturn’s moon Titan.
"This chemical is all around us in everyday life, strung together in long chains to form a plastic called polypropylene,” said Conor Nixon, lead author of the paper and a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientist. "That plastic container at the grocery store with the recycling code 5 on the bottom - that’s polypropylene.”
This is the first discovery of a plastic ingredient anywhere other than Earth. It also adds to the list of reasons why Titan is similar to Earth, which includes twin nitrogen-rich atmospheres.