Latest Lakes of Titan Stories

2005-09-16 19:13:35

JPL -- Images returned during Cassini's recent flyby of Titan show captivating evidence of what appears to be a large shoreline cutting across the smoggy moon's southern hemisphere. Hints that this area was once wet, or currently has liquid present, are evident. "We've been looking for evidence of oceans or seas on Titan for some time. This radar data is among the most telling evidence so far for a shoreline," said Steve Wall, radar deputy team leader from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory,...

2005-08-03 12:34:58

LOS ANGELES -- Scientists peering through a ground-based telescope say the surface of Saturn's planet-sized moon Titan appears dry and not awash in oceans of liquid hydrocarbons as is commonly believed. Titan - one of two moons in the solar system known to have a significant atmosphere - has long baffled scientists because it's surrounded by a thick blanket of nitrogen and methane. Scientists have speculated that the atmospheric methane probably came from seas of liquid methane and ethane....

2005-06-09 19:21:23

A team of European and US scientists, using Cassini-Huygens data, have found that Saturn's smoggy moon Titan may have volcanoes that release methane in the atmosphere. These findings may lead scientists to revise the theories that the presence of methane in Titan's atmosphere is mainly due to the presence of a methane-rich hydrocarbon ocean. Infrared images taken by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) on board the Cassini orbiter, show a bright, 30-kilometre-wide...

2005-05-13 08:15:00

NASA -- Titan's atmospheric winds, temperature and mixing have been revealed by new observations from the Cassini spacecraft. The thick atmosphere of Saturn's giant moon is rich in organic compounds, whose chemistry may be similar to that which occurred on Earth before the emergence of life. "Titan is not just a dot in the sky; these new observations show that Titan is a rich, complex world much like the Earth in some ways," said Dr. Michael Flasar of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center,...

2005-05-12 18:50:00

Observations of Titan's atmosphere offer a unique look at how Saturn's giant moon compares to Earth. Titan is the only moon in the solar system with a substantial atmosphere. Like Earth, Titan's atmosphere is primarily composed of nitrogen, but unlike Earth, one of the most abundant constituents is methane (CH4). The Huygens probe will determine if the abundance of argon exceeds that of methane. Methane, the main component in natural gas, plays a key role in the make-up of atmospheric...

2005-03-09 08:05:00

Arizona's Jonathan Lunine presented a lecture entitled "Titan: A Personal View after Cassini's first six months in Saturn orbit" at a NASA Director's Seminar on January 24, 2005. Lunine discusses the question of missing methane in an edited transcript of Part 2. Astrobiology Magazine -- "How much methane is really in the surface and atmosphere of Titan today? How much has been there in the history of Titan?Methane is a carbon atom surrounded by four hydrogen atoms, and it can be broken apart...

2005-02-20 10:45:00

Arizona -- Cassini-Huygens supplied new evidence about why Titan has an atmosphere, making it unique among all solar system moons, a University of Arizona planetary scientist says. Scientists can infer from Cassini-Huygens results that Titan has ammonia, said Jonathan I. Lunine, an interdisciplinary scientist for the European Space Agency\'s Huygens probe that landed on Titan last month. "I think what\'s clear from the data is that Titan has accreted or acquired significant amounts of...

2005-01-20 07:46:33

Interview with Toby Owens, Part II Astrobiology Magazine -- University of Hawaii astronomer Toby Owens spoke with Astrobiology Magazine shortly after the successful Huygens mission had completed. In this part of the interview, Owens talks about the significance of methane in Titan's atmosphere. ----- Astrobiology Magazine (AM): You said that one thing that was particularly intriguing about Titan was its thick nitrogen-methane atmosphere. Do you think that the data that Huygens has collected...

2005-01-19 07:30:00

ESA -- One week after the successful completion of Huygens' mission to the atmosphere and surface of Titan, the largest and most mysterious moon of Saturn, the European Space Agency is bringing together some of the probe's scientists to present and discuss the first results obtained from the data collected by the instruments. After a 4,000 million kilometre journey through the Solar System that lasted almost seven years, the Huygens probe plunged into the hazy atmosphere of Titan at...

2005-01-15 08:45:00

The European Space Agency has released the first of several hundred images captured by the Huygens probe during its descent through the atmosphere of Saturn's giant moon Titan. They reveal a world of diverse landforms, shaped at least in part by fluid erosion. Some the images are reminiscent of early photographs of Mars. Astrobiology Magazine -- The European Space Agency has released the first of several hundred images captured by the Huygens probe during its descent through the...

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