Jun
28
2005

Titan's Volcanoes Spew Ice

Saturn's moon Titan is the only satellite (moon) in our solar system that has a dense atmosphere. Nitrogen is the main component of this atmosphere and methane the second most important. The Cassini spacecraft photographed Titan as it passed by on October 26, 2004. Later analyses of the images revealed a cryovolcano that spews ice instead of lava. This finding is reported by Christopher Sotin and associates at Universite de Nantes and the Universite de Paris-Sud in France and other institutions in Germany, Italy, and the USA (Arizona, California, Colorado, New York, Washington). This giant ice volcano may also release methane into the atmosphere; however, the images show that a widespread methane ocean does not exist. Because Titan's atmosphere is similar to that of Earth, scientists are studying Titan for clues to the origin of life.

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bryan kennedy's picture

We have an update on Titan from a recent discovery made by the Keck observatory in Hawaii.
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bryan kennedy
Science Buzz Site Admin

posted on Wed, 08/10/2005 - 6:23pm
Michael schoeller's picture
Michael schoeller says:

Hey if this moon "Titan" has oxoygen atmosphere then why not live there as our second Earth, OR Is the temperature too hot or cold?

posted on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 11:35am

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