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Mission to Titan announces ambitious science goals Saturn’s largest moon Titan is an extraordinary world. We know it has sand dunes, lakes, seas, streambed, a substantial atmosphere, weather systems like Earth and methane rain – but we barely know any details about it. In the mid-2030s NASA plans to explore this promising moon in depth, … Continue reading You may have missed…

Explainer: The chemistry of Titan

New research from the Astrophysical Journal has identified some of the intricate molecules and reactions happening on the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. How do we identify individual chemicals? Even on Earth, it can be very difficult to figure out the chemical composition of substances. Molecules are too small to see with most technology, so chemists … Continue reading Explainer: The chemistry of Titan

The dynamic world of Titan’s lakes

Lakes on Saturn’s giant moon Titan can stratify and overturn, scientists say, much like lakes on Earth. They may also be able to produce giant gas eruptions akin to popping the cork on an enormous bottle of Champagne. Stratification occurs when lakes form layers of different density.  On Earth, this most commonly occurs when summer … Continue reading The dynamic world of Titan’s lakes