Episode 542

How Habitable Is Titan? NASA Is Sending The Titan Dragonfly Helicopter To Find Out

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August 2nd, 2019

11 mins 17 secs

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About this Episode

There are few places in the Solar System which are as fascinating as Saturn’s moon Titan. It’s a world with a thicker atmosphere than Earth. Where it’s so cold that it rains ammonia, forming lakes, rivers and seas. Where water ice forms mountains.

Like Europa and Encleadus, Titan could have an interior ocean of liquid water too, a place where there might be life.

Titan’s got layers, and fortunately, there’s an awesome new mission in the works to explore it: the Titan Dragonfly mission.

Links to episodes I mention:
Drilling under the ice on Europa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxU1VSSka4M
Everyday Astronaut talks about Titan Dragonfly - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkS2dP7eiEU
Missions to Titan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzg78ySwIn4

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References:
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/saturn-moons/titan/exploration/?page=0&per_page=10&order=launch_date+desc%2Ctitle+asc&search=&tags=Saturn&category=33#dutch-astronomer-christiaan-huygens-discovers-titan
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/cassini/mission/spacecraft/huygens-probe/
https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-usgs-landsat-8-satellite-pinpoints-coldest-spots-on-earth
https://nai.nasa.gov/teams/can-8/jpl-titan/
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasas-dragonfly-will-fly-around-titan-looking-for-origins-signs-of-life

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