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Cassini Watches Mysterious Feature Evolve In Titan Sea

Cassini Watches Mysterious Feature Evolve In Titan Sea

Preston Dyches, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Cassini spacecraft is monitoring the evolution of a mysterious feature in a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan. The feature covers an area of about 100 square miles (260 square...

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Scientists Scratching Their Heads Over Titan's Vanishing 'Magic Island'
2014-06-23 10:52:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A mysterious “island” that suddenly appeared and then disappeared on one of Saturn’s moons, as seen in NASA images, has scientists baffled. Dubbed the “Magic Island,” the feature on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, showed up in an image captured by NASA's Cassini probe last year. Images of the same location captured nothing before or days after. According to a paper on the phenomenon published in Nature Geoscience, the...

Cassini Radar Data Shows Calm Seas On Saturnian Moon Titan
2014-03-20 10:08:52

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Several presentations this past week at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) talked about the possibility of waves rippling across the seas of Saturn's largest moon Titan. Data taken from NASA/ESA/ASI’s Cassini mission revealed some pixilation in the sea of Punga Mare that led researchers to assume rippling was occurring on the liquid hydrocarbon lake. Some new research, published online in Geophysical Research...

Discovery Of Waves On Titan Is A First For Planetary Science
2014-03-19 08:10:42

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Saturn’s largest moon Titan it has long been known that the surface has liquid oceans. However, the movements of these liquid hydrocarbon seas have eluded prying eyes for years. Now, the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini spacecraft may have caught its first glimpse of movement on this faraway moon. After years of searching, scientists believe they have finally spotted waves rippling on the seas of Titan. If this can be confirmed, it would...

Cassini Nears 100th Titan Flyby
2014-03-06 09:16:49

NASA Ten years ago, we knew Titan as a fuzzy orange ball about the size of Mercury. We knew it had a nitrogen atmosphere -- the only known world with a thick nitrogen atmosphere besides Earth. But what might lie beneath the hazy air was still just a guess. On March 6, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will swoop down within 933 miles (1,500 kilometers) of Titan to conduct its 100th flyby of the Saturn moon. Each flyby gives us a little more knowledge of Titan and its striking similarities to...

Titan - The Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes
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[ Watch the Video: Soaring Over Titan: Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Thanks to NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, astronomers are gaining new insights into Saturn’s moon Titan, particularly when it comes to its hydrocarbon lakes and seas. According to the US space agency, Titan is one of the most Earth-like entities in the entire solar system. Besides our planet, the moon is the only other place in the Milky Way that has stable...

Titan Gears Up For Some Wild Weather
2013-05-23 04:39:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA scientists are predicting that Saturn's moon Titan is in for some wild weather during its spring and summer seasons. The space agency said it believes that as the seasons change in Titan's northern hemisphere, waves could ripple across the moon's hydrocarbon seas, and hurricanes could start swirling around in these areas. Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft helped create the models that led to the predictions. "If you think...

Moon Of Saturn May Be Next Big Space Mission
2012-09-28 14:41:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We have sent a man to the moon, rovers to Mars and two Voyager missions into the great unknown reaches of space. Perhaps, it's time to land a boat on Titan. Although this idea is just in the concept stage, scientists say it is time to really consider it, and a group of engineers presented their proposals at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) on September 27, 2012. The European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) is an...


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