Scientists from the Sapienza University of Rome have announced that they have data collected by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft that indicates the presence of liquid water on Saturn’s moon Titan.
Using the Cassini spacecraft’s various approaches of Titan from February 2006 to February 2011, they observed what they define as tidal bulges in the moon. Titan orbits Saturn every 16 days. Like most moon orbits, the path it follows in somewhat elliptical. When Titan is closest to Saturn, the moon exhibits what they call solid tides that measure up to 30 feet.
They know the surface of Titan is covered in ice that is most made up of water, but they had thought that it was fairly solid below the ice layer. However a solid surface should not yield a solid tide as high as 30 feet. This led Luciano Iess, lead researcher on the study, to conclude:
Cassini’s detection of large tides on Titan leads to the almost inescapable conclusion that there is a hidden ocean at depth. The search for water is an important goal in solar system exploration, and now we’ve spotted another place where it is abundant.
When the article was describing the icy surface and watery ocean below, it read:
Because Titan’s surface is mostly made of water ice, which is abundant in moons of the outer solar system, scientists infer Titan’s ocean is likely mostly liquid water.
What made this statement significant to me was the fact that creationist Dr. D. Russell Humphreys had predicted that we would find water, ice and evidence of water throughout the solar system and universe. He based his prediction on his understanding of Genesis 1.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Humphreys a few years back and discuss Genesis 1 with him. He said that starting with verses 1 and 2, God said that He created the heavens and the earth and the earth was without form and void. Next he explained that most people overlook the end of verse 2 where it said that the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
This, explained Russ is a very crucial key to understanding the very beginning of creation. He believes that God is telling that He started by creating water and that everything else He created was formed out of the water. Note that the earth was formless and void, meaning that it was part of the watery creation.
After creating light and separating it from the dark, God next separated the waters from the waters and placed an expanse that He called heaven between the waters below and waters above. At this point in time, the earth was still a watery ball now separated from everything else. This also led Russ to postulate that the earth would be at or near the center of the universe, which was declared to be true a few years back.
Many older creationists use to argue that the waters above referred to a massive vapor canopy that eventually collapsed at the time of the Genesis Flood, but Russ says scripture does not support that theory at all. In verses 14 to 18, God tells us that He created the sun, moon and stars and placed them in the same expanse or heaven that separated the waters below from the waters above. If all of the stars were in that expanse, then it could not have been a vapor canopy surrounding the earth, but it is beyond what we know of the universe.
Basically, according to Dr. Humphreys, everything in the universe was created out of water and as such, everywhere we look in the solar system and beyond we should expect to find water, ice or evidence of water. So far to date, his predictions have been proving to be right on. First water/ice was discovered on the moon, then Mars, now Titan and other moons in the solar system. The further we explore, the more Dr. Humphreys’ theory is proven correct.
All I can say is thank you NASA for all of your hard work that helps support the cause of biblical creation and Christ our Creator.
Cook, Jia-Rui C. and Brown, Dwayne. Cassini Finds Likely Subsurface Ocean on Saturn Moon, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Cassini Solstice Mission. June 28, 2012.
Genesis teaches that God created the entire universe supernaturally, only thousands of years ago. Yet, most people are convinced that the universe started in a big bang billions of years in the past. In this illustrated lecture, astronomer Dr. Jason Lisle shows viewers that when the evidence of nature is understood properly, it lines up perfectly with the clear teachings of Scripture. The heavens declare the glory of God!
Run Time: 36 minutes