Titan

  • Patching Titan’s Surface View
    The Cassini spacecraft has sent back images three times better than previous best views of the intriguing moon, Titan. Using a near-infrared polarizing filter, much of Titan's smog can be penetrated to look at the patchy surface.
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  • Titan’s Big Future in Plastics
    Titan, Saturn's hydrocarbon-rich moon, appears to host oil lakes and the raw materials for making organics. Those organics may serve as precursors to plastics, or possibly simple biomolecules.
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  • Titan Lifting Veil on Xanadu
    As the Cassini probe closes in on Saturn's fascinating moon, Titan, its dark and bright spots already appear but their mysterious origins will have to await a July 2nd unveiling.
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  • Titan, the Enigmatic Moon
    New ground-based observations of Titan have identified three bright atmospheric regions. These spots may help explain what this oil-rich moon may offer the latest probe in just a few months when Cassini begins to orbit around Saturn.
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  • Titan Casts X-ray Shadow
    The Chandra X-ray Telescope caught a rare event, the passage of Saturn's biochemically rich moon, Titan, in front of the x-ray bright Crab nebula. Astronomers seized the moment to make the first x-ray measurements of Titan's thick, smoggy atmosphere.
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  • Titan’s Southern Smile
    Observations taken atop the Chilean mountains reveal strange atmospheric patches on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Although seen from the Hubble space telescope, the thick smog on Titan has proven a difficult photographic opportunity.
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  • Titan’s Lapping Oil Waves
    Saturn's moon, Titan, is thought to harbor lakes of hydrocarbons. By modelling these waves using Titan's gravity, scientists predict seven times higher crests spaced widely apart compared to similar inputs on Earth.
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  • Titan in a Test Tube
    Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has one of the most promising chemical laboratories for producing complex organic molecules. Experiments conducted in preparation for this summer's mission to probe Titan's astmosphere have tried to simulate its cold, prebiotic soup.
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  • Titan Ready to Lift Veil
    Reaching Saturn in July, the Cassini probe will orbit the ringed planet for four years. Five months after its first orbit, the probe will drop its lander on Saturn's moon, Titan--a biochemically rich world with black hydrocarbon lakes and chemical precursors for dishing up a
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  • Smog Warning, Titan
    The chemistry of Saturn's moon, Titan, has long fascinated planetary scientists, particularly since it was not only discovered to have a thick atmosphere, but also one rich in organics thought to have played important roles in Earth's early biochemistry. Is Titan's chemistry biochemical?
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  • Titan’s Oily Lake
    Earth-based radio telescopes have penetrated the smog-covered moon of Saturn, called Titan. Underneath its thick atmosphere potentially resides the first evidence of a liquid hydrocarbon lake on its surface.
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  • Titan Look at Saturn
    Only about three times a century can terrestrial observers get good view of underside or southern tilt of Saturn's rings. The Hubble Space Telescope capture seasonal change, and gives a preview of what might be in store when a lander attempts to penetrate biochemically-rich atmosphere
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  • Titan’s Icy Bedrock
    Saturn's rich moon, Titan, has an orange, hazy atmosphere that resembles urban smog on Earth. But new findings suggest that beneath Titan's shroud are hints of a hydrological cycle and icy bedrock.
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  • When Eden Comes to Titan
    How will the most favorable conditions for life move outward as the Sun enters its brighter, red giant phase? Paleontologist Peter Ward and astronomer Robert Brownlee take a voyage of imagination seven billion years into the future, and come back with a new and distant
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  • Titan in View
    The Saturn-bound Cassini spacecraft gets its first view of Saturn and its biochemically-rich moon, Titan.
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