Titan

  • Vaporless clouds have been spotted on Saturn's moon Titan for the second time. A new theory says that a process involving solid state chemistry might be involved in producing the unlikely formations.
  • Nissan just released the Titan XD in its gasoline format to the public, and we got a chance to go hands-on with this huge pickup truck. After driving it both on and off the road, we found that it has qualities its diesel stablemate is missing.
  • A new study has zeroed in on the root-like network of channels that crisscross the surface of Titan, and found the first direct evidence that those canyons – some as deep as 1,870 ft (570 m) – are flooded with liquid hydrocarbons.
  • ​With oceans of methane and an atmosphere that could host non-water-based lifeforms, it’s no surprise that scientists want to learn more about Saturn’s moon Titan. To that end, a new project by GAC and NGAS is developing a new exploration vehicle to soar through the skies of that mysterious moon.
  • Titan is one of the most interesting bodies in the Solar System, as the only other place we know of that very likely holds liquid water. Scientists have found that conditions could be right for non-water-based life to evolve, challenging our Earth-focused ideals of habitability.
  • We've known for more than a decade that Titan plays hosts to seas of liquid hydrocarbons, but the exact make-up of these reservoirs has remained a mystery. Now, scientists have used data from Cassini flybys to confirm that one of the largest seas on the moon is made up largely of liquid methane.
  • ​NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently completed the second of five planned burns designed to maneuver the spacecraft out of Saturn's ring plane, and into a polar orbit.
  • NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed the presence of an enormous cloud located around the Saturnian moon Titan's southern polar region. The discovery comes as the spacecraft nears the end of its mission, and it characterizes the ringed giant and its moons in spectacular fashion.
  • NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program has advanced to its second phase, green-lighting a series of futuristic technological concepts for further agency-backed development.
  • March 23 marked the 50th anniversary of the launch of Gemini III - the first manned mission of the now legendary Gemini program. Gemini was tasked with testing the technologies and techniques that would lead America to victory in the space race.
  • A new technique has been developed to suppress the noise in radar images of Titan captured by Cassini. The snaps are usually grainy in appearance due to electronic noise, but the new tool pulls back the curtain, providing the clearest view yet of Saturn’s largest moon.
  • A NASA study of the Titan Submarine Phase I Conceptual Design outlines a possible mission to Saturn's largest moon, Titan, where the unmanned submersible would explore the seas of liquid hydrocarbons at the Titanian poles.