NASA: First Geologic Map Saturn’s largest moon

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The First Global Geologic Map of Titan Completed

The first map showing the global geology of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, has been completed and fully reveals a dynamic world of dunes, lakes, plains, craters and other terrains.

Titan is the only planetary body in our solar system other than Earth known to have stable liquid on its surface. But instead of water raining down from clouds and filling lakes and seas as on Earth, on Titan what rains down is methane and ethane – hydrocarbons that we think of as gases but that behave as liquids in Titan’s frigid climate.

“Titan has an active methane-based hydrologic cycle that has shaped a complex geologic landscape, making its surface one of most geologically diverse in the solar system,” said Rosaly Lopes, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and lead author of new research used to develop the map. read more

19 Comments on NASA: First Geologic Map Saturn’s largest moon

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  2. “… Neptune, Titan, stars can frighten …”

    Maybe if we FORBID ragheads and demonrats from emigrating to Titan …

    izlamo delenda est …

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  3. Our solar systems gas station.

    Too bad we will never see it in our lifetime but at some point Titan will turn into the intergalactic way-station for ships mining the Khyber belt and others leaving our solar system.

    Fascinating stuff to contemplate if we survive long enough to do those things as a species!

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  4. Here’s what we do.
    Mine Mars for the rock to build habitats. Mars is too small to terraform and has no protective magnetic field. Use that rock to fuse into giant habitats
    Park the habitats all over and build communities of these floating cities and then we can sell exotic hydrocarbons back to earth for trillions

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  5. Venus is the target in our lifetimes (including our sons and daughters). Float the spacecraft, due to high density atmosphere, permanent floating stations WITH CHEMICAL REACTIONS/MANUFACTURE W/ATMOSPHERE. Let me hear you say, “OK Boomer”.

    MARS IS A PIPE DREAM UNTIL kUBRICK’S GHOST CAN CONVINCE NASA TO. DESIGN A HUMAN CENTRIFUGE BEFORE HEADING OUT.

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