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Peeping through the Titan haze

This composite image shows an infrared view of Saturn’s moon Titan from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, acquired during the mission’s “T-114” flyby on Nov. 13, 2015. The spacecraft’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) instrument made…


Dune. No, Titan, I mean.

Titan is an intriguing moon, particularly for planetologists. It is the only natural satellite in the Solar System to have a dense atmosphere containing methane, a geologically active surface, and numerous surface lakes and seas….


A Titanic bathtub

Saturn’s moon, Titan, is the only object in the Solar System other than Earth known to have liquid on its surface. While most of the hydrocarbon lakes are found around the poles, the dry regions…


Also sprach Cassini

A single crescent moon is a familiar sight in Earth’s sky, but with Saturn’s many moons, you can see three or even more. The three moons shown here — Titan (3,200 miles or 5,150 kilometers…


Where did Titan’s atmosphere come from?

A decade ago, a tiny but mighty probe descended into the soupy atmosphere of Titan. This moon of Saturn is of great interest to astrobiologists because its chemistry and liquid cycle remind us of what…


Despeckle the Titan Sea

During 10 years of discovery, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has pulled back the smoggy veil that obscures the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Cassini’s radar instrument has mapped almost half of the giant moon’s surface;…


Huygens, ten years ago

Ten years ago this day probe Huygens landed on Titan, the largest and fascinating moon of Saturn. Here’s a new viewpoint, while Cassini is still circling the Saturnian system.