Along with Earth and Venus, Titan is one of only three bodies in the solar system with a rocky surface and a thick atmosphere. The Cassini Mission has been since then exploring Saturn and its various moons. It has helped scientists better understand the planet and its moons. Scientists believe the strip-like features are fissures created by subsidence of Dione’s surface, with ice-encrusted walls rising hundreds of meters from the canyon floors. Let’s take a closer look of their similarities. Previous studies of Titan have shown the moon to have a chemically complex surface on which exotic forms of life could exist.
Saturn’s moon Titan is home to seas and lakes filled with liquid hydrocarbons, but what makes the depressions they lie in? Not all of Titan’s features are Earth-like.
As recorded by the researchers, Titan’s atmosphere was mainly made up of nitrogen and methane.
Because Titan is smaller than Earth, its gravity does not hold onto its gaseous envelope as tightly, so the atmosphere extends 370 miles (595 kilometres) into space.
It should however be pointed out that such terrestrial landscapes depend on the composition of the rocks, the rate of rainfall, and the surface temperature on the moon.
Cassini Imaging Team released the map of Titan showing it’s northern hemisphere called the “Lake District”.
The Cassini space probe just grabbed some of the closest images yet of Saturn’s moon Dione. Currently, there are no lakes near the equitorial region but they may begin to appear because of this phenomenon. The climate, which includes the rain and the wind, contributed to the ridge formation. But at roughly -180°C, the surface of Titan is very cold and liquid methane and ethane, rather than water, dominate the “hydrological” cycle. Cassini and its Titan lander Huygens found that the moon is losing about seven tonnes of its atmospheric hydrocarbons every year, which couldn’t be explained until recently.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has zoomed in one of the moon of Saturn, Dione, where the spacecraft has conducted one of its closest flybys to date.
A team of scientists from MIT has put forward a theory that would explain the presence of enormous polar cyclones present on the gas giant Saturn.
The electrical field, in turn, is strong enough to pull the positively charged hydrocarbon and nitrile particles from the atmosphere throughout the sunlit portion of the atmosphere, setting up the widespread ‘polar wind’ that planetary researchers have observed there.