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Titan is primarily composed of water ice and r…

Titan is primarily composed of water ice and rocky material. Much as with Venus before the Space Age, the dense opaque atmosphere prevented understanding of Titan’s surface until new information from the Cassini–Huygens mission in 2004, including the discovery of liquid hydrocarbon lakes in Titan’s polar regions. The geologically young surface is generally smooth, with few impact craters, although mountains and several possible cryovolcanoes have been found. 

The atmosphere of Titan is largely nitrogen; minor components lead to the formation of methane and ethane clouds and nitrogen-rich organic smog. The climate—including wind and rain—creates surface features similar to those of Earth, such as dunes, rivers, lakes, seas (probably of liquid methane and ethane), and deltas, and is dominated by seasonal weather patterns as on Earth. With its liquids (both surface and subsurface) and robust nitrogen atmosphere, Titan’s methane cycle is analogous to Earth’s water cycle, at the much lower temperature of about 94 K (−179.2 °C).

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Kevin Gill

Titan and Pandora July 4, 2015 Credit: N…

Titan and Pandora July 4, 2015

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute – Processing: Elisabetta Bonora & Marco Faccin / aliveuniverse.today

Soaring Over Titan: Extraterrestrial Land of…

Soaring Over Titan: Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes

This false-color composite was created with …

This false-color composite was created with images taken during the Cassini spacecraft’s closest flyby of Titan on April 16, 2005.

Credit: NASA/JPL

Saturn, rings and moons NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/…

Saturn, rings and moons

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Kevin M. Gill

Saturn, rings and moons (Tethys, Enceladus, Ti…

Saturn, rings and moons (Tethys, Enceladus, Titan and Janus, Prometheus, Atlas, Iapetus, Atlas, Methone and Titan).

image credit: NASA/JPL (processed by Elisabetta Bonora & Marco Faccin, 

Kevin Gill). 

As of November 2014, these are all of the pl…

As of November 2014, these are all of the planetary, lunar and small body surfaces where humanity has either lived, visited, or sent probes to.

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Titan Moon of Saturn

Titan Moon of Saturn

Image credit: NASA/JPL (precessed by Stuart Rankin and Mike Malaska)

Saturn and its moonsImage credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Saturn and its moons

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Saturn, storm, rings and moons.Image…

Saturn, storm, rings and moons.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute