NASA are probing the moon of Titan orbiting Saturn in its hunt for life in our solar system.
Researchers have now made new stunning revelations about the frozen world which is 50% larger than our Moon.
Dubbed Earth’s “toxic twin”, scientists have discovered the surface of Titan is blasted by “electric sandstorm”.
“Any spacecraft that lands in regions of granular material on Titan is going to have a tough time staying clean.”
Statically charged sandstorms blitzes the moon’s surface – creating towering pillars of sand.
Clumped clusters develop as the sand sticks to anything it can – like a “cat in a box of packing peanuts”, said scientists.
Space experts believe Titan is a prime candidate for life and has an atmosphere “consistent” with one supported by methane breathing aliens.
“If you grabbed piles of grains and built a sand castle on Titan, it would perhaps stay together for weeks due to their electrostatic properties,” said Josef Dufek, the Georgia Tech professor who co-led the study.
“Any spacecraft that lands in regions of granular material on Titan is going to have a tough time staying clean.
“Think of putting a cat in a box of packing peanuts.”
It comes as NASA offered an up-close look at the Trappist-1 exoplanets – believed to be key in the hunt for life.
But life on Titan has a lot more to content with than just the electric sandstorms.
Its reputation as a “toxic” world comes as scientists believe it has fizzing chemical lakes giant waterfalls of methane.
Volcanoes also dot its surface spewing toxic clouds which then drop savage burning rains.
NASA's also revealed evidence of heat close to the surface of the moon Enceladus which could suggest conditions for alien life.
NASA is considering launching the Titan Mare Explorer which would probe the world in a bid to find aliens.
It would take seven years to reach the moon of Saturn and spend six months on the surface looking for proof of life.
This week, NASA astronaut Alan Bean spoke about aliens – saying intelligent lifeforms would declare “peace” and share “gadgets” with humans.