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Saturn’s moon Titan may have the makings of early life

October 28th, 2020

Saturn’s bizarre moon Titan has carbon-based compounds in its atmosphere that may be a precursor to life.  The surface of Titan is covered in lakes of hydrocarbons which are toxic to life as we know it, but there may be an ocean of liquid water deep beneath the surface. Future missions could probe that ocean …

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Saturn’s moon Titan is peacing out

June 9th, 2020

Saturn’s moon Titan is drifting away from the planet at a faster rate than previously thought, according to data sent back by NASA’s Cassini orbiter. The moon, which is covered in lakes of liquid hydrocarbons, has a thick ice layer that may hide an ocean of liquid water. Earth’s own Moon also drifts away from …

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Saturn’s moon Titan is like Earth, but insane

November 19th, 2019

When NASA’s Cassini orbiter spent over a decade orbiting Saturn, the planet at the core of its mission wasn’t the only target of its observations. The probe also spent time spying on Saturn’s moons, including Titan. Now, with the Cassini mission just a distant memory, the data it sent back is still being mined for …

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NASA’s Cassini discovers shockingly deep lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan

April 16th, 2019

It’s been well over a year since NASA’s incredibly trusty Cassini probe performed its final act, plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere where it was obliterated by the intense friction. It was a bittersweet day for the astronomy community, but the wealth of information Cassini gathered during its over 13 years orbiting Saturn is still yielding new …