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New Models Suggest Titan Lakes Are Explosion Craters

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Using radar data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, recently published research presents a new scenario to explain why some methane-filled lakes on Saturn's moon Titan are surrounded by steep rims that reach hundreds of feet high.


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Webb Telescope Will Survey Saturn and its Moon Titan

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If you stop a random person on the sidewalk and ask them what their favorite planet is, chances are their answer will be Saturn.

NASA Selects Flying Mission to Study Titan for Origins, Signs of Life

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NASA has announced that our next destination in the solar system is the unique, richly organic world Titan. Advancing our search for the building blocks of life, the Dragonfly mission will fly multiple sorties to sample and examine sites around Saturn's icy moon.


Cassini Reveals Surprises with Titan's Lakes

Cassini Reveals Surprises with Titan's Lakes

On its final flyby of Saturn's largest moon in 2017, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gathered radar data revealing that the small liquid lakes in Titan's northern hemisphere are surprisingly deep, perched atop hills and filled with methane.


Infrared Titan

Infrared Titan

Saturn's moon Titan is enveloped in a thick atmosphere, but through the infrared eyes of the international Cassini mission, the moon's myriad surface features are revealed in this exquisite global mosaic.


Stunning New Infrared Imagery Of Titan

Stunning New Infrared Imagery Of Titan

These six infrared images of Saturn's moon Titan represent some of the clearest, most seamless-looking global views of the icy moon's surface produced so far.


Building An Alien Ocean To Test Space Submarines

Building An Alien Ocean To Test Space Submarines

Building a submarine gets tricky when the temperature drops to -300 Fahrenheit and the ocean is made of methane and ethane.


New Titan Topographic Map

New Titan Topographic Map

Using the now-complete Cassini data set, Cornell University astronomers have created a new global topographic map of Saturn's moon Titan that has opened new windows into understanding its liquid flows and terrain.


Titan Has Extreme Methane Rainstorms

Titan Has Extreme Methane Rainstorms

Titan, the largest of Saturn's more than 60 moons, has surprisingly intense rainstorms, according to research by a team of UCLA planetary scientists and geologists.


Cassini's Studies of Titan

Cassini's Studies of Titan

Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale.


The Northern Summer Skies and Lakes of Titan

The Northern Summer Skies and Lakes of Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn's moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole


Northern Summer Clouds On Titan

Northern Summer Clouds On Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of bands of bright, feathery methane clouds drifting across Saturn's moon Titan on May 7, 2017.


Cassini Heads Toward Final Close Encounter with Titan

Cassini Heads Toward Final Close Encounter with Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its final close flyby of Saturn's haze-enshrouded moon Titan this weekend.


The Electric Sands of Titan

The Electric Sands of Titan

Experiments led by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology suggest the particles that cover the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, are "electrically charged."


2005 Descent to Titan Revisited

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After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures hundreds of degrees below freezing.


Clouds At Titan's North Pole

Clouds At Titan's North Pole

Floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes, wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.


NASA Scientists Find Impossible Cloud on Titan - Again

NASA Scientists Find Impossible Cloud on Titan - Again

The puzzling appearance of an ice cloud seemingly out of thin air has prompted NASA scientists to suggest that a different process than previously thought -- possibly similar to one seen over Earth's poles -- could be forming clouds on Saturn's moon Titan.


Flooded Canyons on Titan

Flooded Canyons on Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found deep, steep-sided canyons on Saturn's moon Titan that are flooded with liquid hydrocarbons.