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Topic: Titan (moon)

  Titan (moon) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Titan's diameter and mass (and thus its density) are similar to Jovian moons Ganymede and Callisto.
Titan is the only known moon with a fully developed atmosphere that consists of more than just trace gases.
Titan is one of the most popular extraterrestrial settings in science fiction other than Earth's Moon and the planets.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Titan_(moon)   (3643 words)

 Wikinfo | Titan (moon)
Titan was discovered on March 25, 1655 by the Dutch astronomer Christian Huygens, making it one of the first non-terrestrial moons to be discovered.
Titan is the only known moon with a fully developed atmosphere that consists of more than just trace gases; in fact, Titan's atmosphere is denser than Earth's, with a surface pressure more than one and a half times that of Earth.
These hydrocarbons are thought to form in Titan's upper atmosphere in reactions resulting from the breakup of methane by the Sun's ultraviolet light, producing a thick orange smog, and Titan's surface may be coated in a tar-like layer of organic precipitate.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Titan_(moon)   (568 words)

In Greek mythology the Titans were a family of giants, the children of Uranus and Gaia, who sought to rule the heavens but were overthrown and supplanted by the family of Zeus.
One of the principal objectives of the Voyager 1 mission was the study of Titan.
Titan is similar in bulk composition to Ganymede, Callisto, Triton and (probably) Pluto, ie about half water ice and half rocky material.
www.nineplanets.org /titan.html   (994 words)

 The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan
Titan is the only moon in the solar system with a thick atmosphere surrounding it.
The atmospheric temperature near Titan's surface is 95K (-178 C or -288 F).
Titan is the second largest moon in the solar system; only Jupiter's Ganymede is larger.
www.ssd.rl.ac.uk /news/cassini/titan.html   (290 words)

 Saturn's Moon Titan
Titan [TY-tun] is the largest moon of Saturn and the second largest moon in the solar system, rivaled only by Jupiter's moon Ganymede.
The glow of Titan's extensive atmosphere shines in false colors in this view of Saturn's gas-enshrouded moon acquired by the Cassini spacecraft visual and infrared mapping spectrometer during the July 2, 2004, flyby.
This image of Titan was taken by the Pioneer 11 spacecraft on September 3, 1979 from a range of 3.6 million km.
www.solarviews.com /eng/titan.htm   (3083 words)

 NASA's Solar System Exploration: Planets: Saturn: Moons: Titan
Discovered in 1655 by the Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens, Titan is the biggest of the 56 known moons orbiting Saturn.
Titan is of great interest to scientists because it is the only moon in the solar system known to have clouds and a mysterious, thick, planet-like atmosphere.
Titan's atmospheric pressure is about 60 percent greater than Earth's - roughly the same pressure found at the bottom of a swimming pool.
solarsystem.nasa.gov /planets/profile.cfm?Object=Sat_Titan   (570 words)

 Sea and Sky's Tour of the Solar System: Titan
Titan was once thought to be the largest planet in the solar system, but recent discoveries have shown that the Moon's thick atmosphere hides a smaller rocky surface that is slightly smaller than Jupiter's moon, Ganymede.
Titan is the only known moon with a fully developed, planet-like atmosphere.
Titan's atmosphere is believed to have two cloud layers at about 125 miles (200 km) and 186 miles (300 km) above the surface.
www.seasky.org /solarsystem/sky3g7.html   (528 words)

 Space Today Online - Exploring Saturn - The Giant Moon Titan
Titan, on the other hand, is a moon because it orbits around a planet – Saturn, which in turn travels around the Sun.
The clouds surrounding Titan are so thick that even the Voyager spacecraft, which flew quite close to the moon, could not see down through the clouds to the moon's surface.
However, in Titan's atmosphere, the nitrogen and methane are bombarded by high-energy particles and ultraviolet light.
www.spacetoday.org /SolSys/Saturn/SaturnTitan.html   (1074 words)

 SPACE.com -- Traveling to Titan? Here's what to expect
This much is speculated: the presence of methane oceans and rivers; a layer of surface dust caused by settling smog; bedrock composed of water ice; and as with the moons of Jupiter, Titan's mountains are probably modest in height.
While no one is recommending human travel to Titan anytime soon, Griffith and her colleagues hope the Cassini space probe, due to arrive in 2004, will serve well as a scientific stand-in, furthering our knowledge of the odd moon.
The atmospheric temperature near Titan's surface is minus 288 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 178 degrees Celsius).
www.space.com /scienceastronomy/solarsystem/titan_scene_001019.html   (674 words)

 Titan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Titan Rain, a Chinese hacking and intelligence group.
In Command and Conquer: Tiberian Sun, the "Titan" is GDI's Medium Battle Mechanized Walker.
Leyland Titan (B15) and Leyland Titan, Leyland's double-deck buses
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Titan   (618 words)

 The Habitable Zone - Titan
Titan is the only moon in the solar system with a significantly dense atmosphere.
Titan is the only moon in the solar system with a significantly dense atmosphere, rich in methane and nitrogen.
Because of this, Titan is exposed to intense solar winds, which may ionize and carry away some of its atmospheric molecules.
www.pbs.org /lifebeyondearth/alone/titan.html   (565 words)

 DLR Cassini-Huygens - Titan: moon with an atmosphere
Titan is the only moon in the whole Solar System to have an atmosphere, making it a particularly interesting and intriguing research prospect for scientists.
Titan and the Earth are the only bodies in our Solar System whose atmospheres are composed principally of nitrogen; in the case of Titan, the proportion of nitrogen is ten times greater than that of our own atmosphere here on Earth.
It is possible that Titan could have preserved many of the chemical components that preceded the formation of life on Earth by deep-freezing them.
www.dlr.de /saturn/en/Desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-311   (453 words)

 CNN.com - Images reveal Titan's secrets - Jan 14, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Was released from Cassini on December 24 and landed on Titan January 14.
Jean-Jacques Dordain, director general of the European Space Agency, which led the Huygens mission to Titan, exclaimed "magnifique" as the first image was displayed on screens at ESA mission control in Darmstadt, Germany.
Titan is also the only moon in the solar system to retain a substantial atmosphere, one even thicker than Earth's.
www.cnn.com /2005/TECH/space/01/14/huygens.titan/index.html   (1242 words)

 The Moons of Saturn
Saturn's other moons have icy surfaces that are very cold so that ice is as rigid as rock and craters form from meteor impacts.
Hyperion rotates chaotically because of the influence of Titan's gravity and a highly eccentric orbit.
In various instances now we know that ring structures in the Jovian planets are stabilized by small "shepherd moons" that orbit in or near the rings and stabilize them by their gravitational influences.
csep10.phys.utk.edu /astr161/lect/saturn/moons.html   (832 words)

 BBC - Science & Nature - Space - Titan
Titan is the largest moon of Saturn and the second largest moon in the whole Solar System.
Titan is cloaked in a hazy orange atmosphere.
Titan is not visible from the Earth with the naked eye, but can be seen with a small telescope.
www.bbc.co.uk /science/space/solarsystem/saturn/titan.shtml   (443 words)

 Titan: A Moon with Atmosphere :: Astrobiology Magazine ::
Summary (Oct 27, 2005): Saturn's moon Titan is notable both because it is the largest moon in our solar system and because it is the only moon in the solar system with a significant atmosphere.
Titan is the only moon of Saturn that you can see clearly through a small telescope.
The interesting thing about Titan's atmosphere is not just that it's made out of nitrogen, but it has all these other compounds in it, all produced from methane and nitrogen photochemistry.
www.astrobio.net /news/article1755.html   (1370 words)

 Saturn: Jewel of the Solar System
Larger than the planets Mercury and Pluto and the second largest moon in the solar system (after Jupiter’s Ganymede), Titan is the only known moon in the solar system with a substantial atmosphere.
Secondly, the spacecraft is using imaging radar to map the moon’s surface, and scientists hope that it will be able to map 10 percent to 20 percent of the surface during the four-year mission.
Exploring Titan is a primary objective of the mission because scientists think that it may resemble the early Earth.
www.exploratorium.edu /saturn/titan.html   (211 words)

 Titan's Strange Prospects :: Astrobiology Magazine ::
The atmospheres of both Titan and the early Earth were dominated by nearly the same amount of nitrogen, and the chemistry discovered on Titan could provide clues to the origins of life on our planet.
De Pater urges ground-based astronomers to continue to observe Titan's moon, "so the Cassini/Huygens data can be tied in with the long-term data base on Titan's seasons," she wrote.
The Nov. 17, 2003, workshop on Titan was sponsored by the Center for Integrative Planetary Studies at UC Berkeley.
www.astrobio.net /news/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=1245&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0   (1222 words)

 SPACE.com -- Fresh Look at Saturn's Moon Titan Reveals Icy Bedrock
Titan's atmosphere packs 10 times more mass than is held in the air around Earth.
Titan is hard to study, veiled by a dense hydrocarbon haze that forms in the high stratosphere as methane is destroyed by sunlight.
The by-products of methane molecules destroyed in the sun's ultraviolet light react with other molecules in Titan's atmosphere, forming organic droplets and particulates that fall onto the moon's surface, blanketing the icy bedrock and forming lakes and oceans, Griffith and her colleagues believe.
www.space.com /scienceastronomy/titan_ice_030425.html   (661 words)

 USATODAY.com - Saturn moon revealed but mysteries linger   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Titan, Saturn's haze-shrouded moon, is like Earth in some ways.
Titan, the second largest moon in the solar system, has fascinated space scientists since flybys of Saturn by NASA's Voyager spacecraft in 1980 and 1981.
Swathed in an orange atmosphere, the moon appeared a vision of the early Earth, frozen in place since the dawn of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago.
www.usatoday.com /tech/science/space/2005-11-30-titan-findings_x.htm   (509 words)

 Life in the Universe > Solar System > Titan - Saturn's Largest Moon
The atmosphere of Titan is foggy, and besides nitrogen, it consists of small amounts of methane, and a little molecular hydrogen.
The pressure at the surface of Titan is 1.5 atmospheres, that is just 1.5 times the Earth's pressure (the same that you would feel at the bottom of a swimming pool).
Titan is so far from the Sun that the highest possible temperature encountered in the atmosphere is about -100°C and the light at noontime never gets brighter than twilight on Earth.
www.lifeinuniverse.org /noflash/Titanintro-06-02-01.html   (460 words)

 BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Titan moon 'geologically alive'
The Cassini scientists think that the streaks on Titan might be caused by the movement of various materials, such as liquid or even ice.
Conditions on Titan - which is the second biggest moon in the Solar System - are thought to be very similar to those on Earth 4.6 billion years ago.
So mission scientists think the moon might have something to teach us about the conditions that were necessary for the origin of life on our planet.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/sci/tech/3963321.stm   (904 words)

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