Sep 25, 2017
Welcome to Titan, the biggest moon of Saturn, and the only known
cosmic body other than Earth, that we know for certain has actual
lakes and seas on its surface.
But that isn’t the only reason that makes this frozen moon such
an interesting and fascinating place.
On this episode, our crew leave the comfort and warmth of our
ship, The Tardigrade, to explore the surface of Titan.
Their mission is to report back on the curiosities and mysteries
of this hazy extraterrestrial landscape.
A landscape which is, on the one hand, very familiar, yet on the
other hand, truly alien to us.
Things to Learn
- What does a hydrocarbon ocean look like?
- What’s so weird about the dunes on Titan?
- What on Titan is “electric snow” and “electric sand”!?
- What’s the story behind the “magic islands” in Titan’s seas?
And what might they be?
- What is a cryovolcano, and why might they exist on Titan?
- Could life feasibly exist way out here?
Where would you like to see The Tardigrade visit and explore in
a future mission, and why? Get in touch and tell
us all about it!
Land O’Lakes: Secrets from Titan’s Seas – Originally
published in Astronomy Magazine
New Scientist: Electrified sand
could explain Titan’s odd backward-facing dunes
National Geographic: Building Block
for ‘Vinyl Life’ found on Saturn’s moon Titan
Cosmos Magazine: Could there be life in Titan’s alien
Science Alert: Life “not as we know
it” might be possible on Titan
Science Alert: NASA plans to send an
autonomous submarine to explore Titan’s oceans
Cornell University Astronomy Department
The Cassini Mission to Saturn
International Astronomical Union
European Space Agency