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What we've got is a very primitive atmosphere that has been preserved for 4.6 billion years. Titan gives us the chance for cosmic time travel...

2004-10-27

 Cassini Titan Saturn time travel
The international Cassini-Huygens probe has had its first opportunity to fly by Saturn's biggest moon, Titan. Already the spacecraft has managed to detect large linear features on Titan's surface which are obscured from Earth telescopes by its thick atmosphere. Imaging specialists said these could be tectonic structures - areas of crust which had been shaped by movement...

2004-07-02

 Moon Titan Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Scientists examining images from the Cassini craft think they may be closer to showing there is liquid hydrocarbon on Saturn's moon Titan. Radar images of a strip of the moon, covering 1% of the surface, revealed dark patches which could indicate liquid methane or ethane...

2004-10-29

 Moon Titan Saturn hydrocarbon methane ethane
Saturn's largest moon Titan may have molten ice welling up to the surface from its warm interior, data from the Cassini spacecraft suggests...

2004-11-10

 ice Moon volcano Cassini Titan Saturn
The Huygens probe is on target and all set for its encounter with Titan, the mysterious large moon of Saturn. The 2.7m-wide robot lab has passed its final systems check-out and scientists have confirmed the rendezvous can go ahead on 14 January as planned. Huygens has spent the past seven years riding on the Cassini spacecraft, which arrived at the ringed planet in July. The probe's ejection and plunge into Titan's thick...

2004-12-03

 Moon atmosphere Titan Saturn Huygens land
The Huygens spacecraft has sent back its first signal on its historic descent to Saturn's moon Titan...

2005-01-14

 landing Moon Titan Saturn Huygens
The Huygens space craft has sent back the first images of Saturn's moon Titan, showing what appears to be a shoreline of an oily ocean...

2005-01-15

 ocean landing Moon photography Titan Saturn Huygens
Scientists have released the first results from the Huygens probe's journey to Saturn's moon Titan, along with amazing new images. They also played sounds recorded as Huygens dived towards the surface. Measurements suggest the area it landed on has the consistency of "creme brulee" and may have once been flooded...

2005-01-15

 landing Moon photography Titan Saturn Huygens sound
Liquid methane rain feeds river channels, lakes, streams, and springs on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan, images from the Huygens probe show...

2005-01-21

 landing Moon photography Titan Saturn methane Huygens rain
Scientists will comb data sent back from Titan by the Huygens probe for the chemical signature of life in a bid to identify the moon's source of methane. Methane is constantly destroyed by UV light so there must be a source within Titan to replenish the atmosphere. Life is a possible - though some think unlikely - source of this hydrocarbon along with geological processes. The surface is too cold for biology, but microbes could...

2005-01-25

 Moon extraterrestrial life Titan Saturn methane Huygens
The Cassini spacecraft's latest flyby of Titan has produced a radar image of a 440km-wide crater...

2005-02-17

 Moon Cassini Titan Saturn crater
Researchers have long speculated that Titan might harbour open bodies of liquid methane - and the 235km by 75km target is the best candidate to date. But they are being cautious about interpreting the feature, which has what looks to be a smooth shoreline. The scientists say the object could simply be dark, solid deposits caught in a sinkhole of volcanic caldera.

2005-06-29

 Moon Cassini Titan Saturn methane lake
Hopes of finding hydrocarbon oceans on Saturn's smoggy moon, Titan, appear to be dashed, scientists report in Nature. The moon's atmosphere is thick with methane and ethane, prompting speculation that lakes or oceans of these chemicals may sit on the surface...

2005-08-04

 Moon atmosphere Titan Saturn methane ethane Huygens
Nasa's Cassini probe has found evidence for seas, probably filled with liquid hydrocarbons, at the high northern latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan. The dark features, detected by Cassini's radar, are much bigger than any lakes already detected on Titan...

2007-03-14

 ocean Moon Cassini Titan Saturn hydrocarbon lake liquid sea
A daring proposal to try to put a "boat" down on a sea of Saturn's moon Titan is about to be submitted to Nasa. The scientific team behind the idea is targeting Ligeia Mare, a vast body of liquid methane sited in the high north of Saturn's largest moon...

2009-12-19

 Titan Saturn boat methane sea
We may take ours for granted, but atmospheres are responsible for creating some of the wonders of the Solar System.

2010-03-20

 Saturn atmosphere Titan moon beauty Solar system toread
The study considers a reverse of the "panspermia" idea that occupies much of meteoritic research - namely, that the precursors to life, or life itself, may have been delivered by an impact on the early Earth. Equally, however, Earth impacts may throw up debris that could be loaded with microbes or small, hardy organisms like water bears - which have already demonstrated the ability to survive the harsh conditions of space. Other...

2011-08-23

 extraterrestrial life panspermia asteroid Mars Saturn Jupiter Titan

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