okt 182012
 
Giant Impacts Explain the Unusual Moons of Saturn

  Among the oddities of the outer Solar System are the middle-sized moons of Saturn, a half-dozen icy bodies dwarfed by Saturn’s massive moon Titan. According to a new model for the origin of the Saturn system, these middle-sized moons were spawned during giant impacts in which several major satellites merged to form Titan. Saturn’s [continue reading]

okt 122012
 
Bouncing on Saturn's Moon Titan

  ESA’s Huygens probe bounced, slid and wobbled its way to rest in the 10 seconds after touching down on Saturn’s moon, Titan, in January 2005, a new analysis reveals. The findings provide novel insight into the nature of the moon’s surface. Artist’s impression of the Huygens probe on the surface of Titan. After a [continue reading]

sep 292012
 
Titan's Seasonal Changes Affect It More Than Thought

  Detailed observations of Saturn’s moon Titan have now spanned 30 years, covering an entire solar orbit for this distant world. Dr Athena Coustenis from the Paris-Meudon Observatory in France has analysed data gathered over this time and has found that the changing seasons of Titan affect it more than previously thought.  An artist’s impression [continue reading]

sep 272012
 
Sailing the Seas of Saturn's Moon Titan

  Humanity has landed a rover on Mars. Now, say scientists, it’s time to land a boat on Titan. This outlandish scenario could become reality, according to engineers presenting their proposals today (27 September 2012) at the European Planetary Science Congress.  Paddle concept for TALISE probe. This rendering of the proposed TALISE probe shows one possible [continue reading]

jul 212012
 
Titan's River Networks Point to a Puzzling Geologic Past

  For many years, Titan’s thick, methane- and nitrogen-rich atmosphere kept astronomers from seeing what lies beneath. Saturn’s largest moon appeared through telescopes as a hazy orange orb, in contrast to other heavily cratered moons in the solar system. Findings suggest the surface of Saturn’s largest moon may have undergone a recent transformation. Images from the [continue reading]

jul 112012
 
Is Winter Creating a Vortex on Titan's South Pole?

  Images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft show a concentration of high-altitude haze and a vortex materializing at the south pole of Saturn’s moon Titan, signs that the seasons are turning on Saturn’s largest moon. This true color image captured by NASA’S Cassini spacecraft before a distant flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan on June 27, 2012, [continue reading]