Titan

  • Titan’s Drumroll Please
    The Cassini flyby of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, captured four gigabytes of data and images Wednesday morning. So far, the smoggy moon looks free of impact craters, shows streakiness or wind-scouring and harbors dark boundaries against a lighter 'shoreline'.
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  • Titan’s Big Surprise
    The Cassini flyby of Titan sent back the most detailed surface images, but the 1000 kilometer cloud formation near the south pole has scientists stumped.
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  • Magical Xanadu
    The region of most interest on Titan is a continent-sized, bright area called Xanadu. Images acquired while the Cassini probe approached the moon suggest a landscape shrouded by heavy clouds and contrasting albedo.
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  • Titan on Tuesday
    On Tuesday, October 26, the Cassini spacecraft will make its closest approach yet to Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Cassini will analyze the moon's thick atmosphere and take pictures of its mysterious surface.
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  • Alien Thunder
    Set to descend into Titan's atmosphere after Christmas, the Huygens probe carries a microphone for recording any stormy weather it may encounter. In the silence of space, the role of sound is unexplored territory for solar system probes. Titan may offer the first chance for
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  • Titan’s Flyby
    Next week's close approach between Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and the Cassini probe may reveal the first liquid surface seen off the home planet. But the purpose of the flyby is to get a better view of what a Christmas descent to the surface may
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  • Titan’s Strange Prospects
    Few targets in our solar system seem to offer what Saturn's largest moon, Titan, does: an atmosphere thicker than our own and what may prove after this Christmas to be lakes of hydrocarbons.
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  • Titan on Target
    At the beginning of next year, the descent probe, Huygens, will try to sample what lies beneath the thick atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Huygens passed its last in-flight checks and scientists are preparing for the perilous, one-way trip towards the surface.
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  • Saturn’s Moon Titan: Prebiotic Laboratory
    Jonathan Lunine, professor of planetary science and physics at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson, Arizona, has a longtime fascination with Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
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  • Saturn’s Moon Titan: Planet Wannabe
    Jonathan Lunine, professor of planetary science and physics at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson, Arizona, has long been fascinated by Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
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  • Crescent Fluorescent Titan
    During the July 2, 2004 flyby of Titan, Cassini was able to look at this largest of Saturn's moon using different filters to give a view of the dividing lines between night and day, atmosphere and surface.
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  • Titanic Purple Haze
    Cassini's camera captured a good view of the upper and lower atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan. The moon has a thicker atmosphere than Earth's.
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  • Mapping Titan
    Cassini's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer pierced the smog that enshrouds Titan. Dark regions of relatively pure water ice were found mixed with lighter regions of simple hydrocarbons.
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  • Titan’s Strange Surface
    New images and spectroscopic data of the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, have puzzled NASA scientists. Light areas once thought to be pure water ice are instead regions likely contaminated by organic materials.
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  • Titanic Thinking in Pictures
    Robotic missions have returned images from the surfaces of Venus, Mars and even asteroids, but when the Huygens probe tries to capture topography from Saturn's largest moon, Titan, the landscape may rival science fiction in the descriptions of how exotic another world might look.
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