Titan

  • The seas of Titan communicate with each other

    Measuring liquid seas and lakes on Saturn’s moon to an accuracy of just 30 centimetres reveals su...

    Drawing on data taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft as recently as five months before its final plunge into Saturn’s a...

    Space January 23, 2018
  • Cassini sees Titan glow just before destruction

    Useful right until the last minute, NASA’s Saturn probe sent data about the planet’s moon just be...

    In its dying hours, as it plunged towards fiery oblivion on Saturn, NASA’s Cassini probe captured the dawn of spring ...

    Space November 21, 2017
  • The bizarre chemistry Cassini found on Titan

    The chemical mysteries will keep scientists busy for years to come.

    The space probe Cassini has gone, but although it is now no more than several trillion widely separated atoms swirlin...

    Chemistry September 20, 2017
  • Saturn’s moon Titan holds molecule that could build cell membranes

    Methane oceans of Saturn’s largest moon could potentially produce cellular life from vinyl cyanide

    If by some remote chance life exists on the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, one thing is certain: it will no...

    Space July 31, 2017
  • Seas of tranquility on Saturn’s icy moon

    The waves on the methane seas of Saturn’s moon Titan are very small, according to new research.

    Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, with Saturn in the background.NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory / Cassini OrbiterTitan, Sa...

    Space July 7, 2017
  • Bright methane clouds on Titan

    Half a million kilometres from Saturn’s moon Titan, Cassini snaps methane clouds and hydrocarbon ...

    A view of Titan’s northern hemisphere.NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteNASA’s Cassini spacecraft sees bright m...

    Space June 16, 2017
  • Ancient rivers show lack of plate tectonics on Mars and Titan

    Unlike the topography of Earth, that of Mars and Titan was largely created by planet-wide process...

    A radar image of Ligea Mare, a large hydrocarbon sea on Titan, and the rivers that drain into it.NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI...

    Space May 18, 2017
  • What the Huygens probe saw when it landed on Titan

    Cameras were rolling as the European Space Agency probe plopped onto the hazy Saturnian moon’s su...

    On 14 January 2005, the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descended to the surface of Saturn's hazy moon, Titan.C...

    Space January 12, 2017
  • Vortex on Titan's bottom

    Winter is taking hold of the Saturnian moon’s southern hemisphere.

    NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science InstituteSlipping into shadow, the south polar vortex at Saturn's moon Titan still...

    Space October 21, 2016
  • Titan's southern dunes

    Cassini took this radar image during its 122nd encounter with Saturn’s largest moon.

    Click to enlargeNASA / JPL-Caltech / ASI / Universite Paris-DiderotOn 25 July, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft came within ...

    Space September 8, 2016
  • Cassini spies Titan's methane-flooded canyons

    Deep channels filled with liquid hydrocarbons etch the surface of the Saturnian moon.

    Liquid methane and ethane flowing through Vid Flumina, a 400-kilometre river often compared to the Nile River, is fed...

    Space August 11, 2016
  • What's behind Titan's mysterious bright 'magic island'?

    Eight years of Cassini photography has uncovered a strange region brightening and growing on Satu...

    Changes in the 'magic island', a feature in a hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan, is likely caused by waves, scie...

    Space March 6, 2016
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