The Search is On for What Lies Hidden Beneath Titan’s Surface

digger666

via The Search is On for What Lies Hidden Beneath Titan’s Surface.

September 03, 2014

Titan-Moon

“Understanding Titan’s hydrological cycle is one of the most important objectives of Cassini’s extended mission,” says ESA’s Cassini-Huygens project scientist Nicolas Altobelli. “The changing seasons on Titan mean that soon we can again explore the lake-filled region at its north pole, and maybe spot seasonal phenomena we haven’t seen before. This is crucial to getting a better understanding of what lies hidden beneath Titan’s surface.”

The international Cassini mission has revealed hundreds of lakes and seas spread across the icy surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, mostly in its polar regions. These lakes are filled not with water but with hydrocarbons, a form of organic compound that is also found naturally on Earth and includes methane. While most of the liquid in the lakes is thought to be replenished by rainfall from clouds in…

View original post 589 more words

Advertisements