NASA has decided to commemorate the eight-year anniversary of another epic space mission to Saturn's moon Titan with a video recreation of the journey.
Planetary scientists have suspected for quite a while that Titan, one of Saturn's moons, has a 'methane cycle' that's much like the water cycle we have here on Earth. New pictures from Cassini suggests that the similarity between Titan and Earth may be even more pronounced, as astronomers have identified a huge, Earth-like river system full of liquid methane.
Of places I would want to take a cruise, Titan (the largest of Saturn's moons) would probably not* be at the top of my list. It's nearly 300 degrees below zero most of the time, the atmosphere is unbreathable, and swimming in liquid ethane and methane sounds unpleasant. None of that is a problem, though, for this little robotic paddleboat.
For your next vacation spot, the Saturn Bureau of Tourism would like you to consider the tropics of Titan, where new images from Cassini show extensive dune fields interspersed with shallow methane lakes. Relax, get a tan, and if you're lucky, meet some locals.
Saturn's moon Titan has a thick atmosphere of methane, which means it may have a geography very similar to ours. You know, plus methane and at extremely cold temperatures. But we're just now seeing the first images of the moon experiencing a mighty methane rainstorm.
NASA has a big press conference planned for Thursday, and it's centered around "astrobiology." Have they discovered extraterrestrial life?
Planning a trip to Titan, one of Saturn's moons? Well, you're going to want to go prepared. Why not bring along a nuclear-powered boat for sailing the seas of ethane, methane and propane? That's what NASA-funded geologist Ellen Stofan suggests...
As if landing a probe on one of Saturn's moons wasn't amazing enough, now we find out the tiny Huygens craft sent back the first pictures of an extraterrestrial liquid ever taken. After Huygens was launched from its mother...