Saturnís Rings provide first clue to efficient method of using Hydrogen as an alternative fuel for replacing Petroleum Ė abundant free energy in earth
Saturnís Rings are filled with molecular oxygen. By making close flybys of the ring system, Cassini has been able to determine that the atmosphere around the rings is composed principally of molecular oxygen (O2).
The finding was made by two experiments on Cassini: the Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) and Cassini Plasma Science (Caps) instrument.
"The INMS sees the neutral oxygen gas, Caps sees the ionised products of that oxygen and the electrons associated with it. There is an enhancement over the rings," said Dr Andrew Coates, co-investigator for the Caps instrument.
Dr Coates, from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) at University College London, said the atmosphere was very similar to that of Jupiter's moons Europa and Ganymede.
"As water comes off the rings, the hydrogen is lost from it, leaving the oxygen," he explained.
What is astonishing is the method Saturnís Rings use to extract molecular oxygen and the leave the Hydrogen. The method is called electromagnetic bipolar separation; a method used in the laboratories and can be employed deep in earthís core using earthís own electromagnetic field. If the method can be perfected, it can separate hydrogen from water almost free. That is the biggest hurdle in using Hydrogen as an alternative fuel.
If Hydrogen can be obtained free of cost, we can have abundance of energy with almost no cost. Hydrogen when burnt in air creates explosion producing far larger energy than fossil fuels pr ethanol. The resultant water or steam is totally pollution free.
Finally Saturnís Rings have shown us path to permanent prosperity and cheap source of alternative fuel.