Exploring a methane ocean #titan #MethaneLake

Never mind Fabian Cousteau,
how about under the ocean on one of Saturn’s Moons


Have a close look at this image of Titan. That blue haze around Titan is an atmosphere and that makes Titan a very interesting prospect for searching for life. The atmosphere makes its warm enough to sustain a moon ocean- not water, but methane. Now a new cosmic concept proposes to send a submarine to Titan and search this ocean for signs of primitive life.



New year’s resolution, move house?



With 2013 now here, how about we move house? This infographic from last year summarizes where we might go to. It looks at the potential of many of factors required for each planet and moon to support life. And who comes out on top, but Titan. It is mostly of water ice and rocky material. Much as with Venus prior to the Space Age, the dense, opaque atmosphere prevented understanding of Titan’s surface until new information accumulated with the arrival of the Cassini–Huygens mission in 2004, including the discovery of liquid hydrocarbon lakes in the satellite’s polar regions. The surface is geologically young; although mountains and several possible volcanoes have been discovered, it is smooth and few impact craters have been found. Best of all it is not that far away, so we could always pop home to visit our Earthly relatives for the holidays.