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Cassini Creates the First Topographical Map of Titan

Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, has been surveyed by Cassini. Cassini, which is a probe that has been looking at Saturn and its moons, has made a topographic map from the surveys. Titan is a lovely moon that is one of the most earthlike and interesting worlds in the solar system. It is Saturn’s largest [...]

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Titan’s Lakes and Rain Explained Better Buy a New Computer Simulation

Titan, Saturn’s largest moon is an alien world that is covered in a thick atmosphere of methane. Methane acts like rain on Titan creating clouds and fog as well as rainstorms and plentiful lakes. Where these features have come from is a mystery to scientists. Recently a computer model of Titan’s atmosphere and methane cycle [...]

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Why Is an Atmosphere Lost over Time?

There are a lot of planetary atmospheres in the solar system. They vary a lot and this can be seen by comparing Earth and Venus which are of the same size and mass roughly, The surface of Venus is extremely hot which is caused by an atmosphere of carbon dioxide that has the weight of [...]

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Carnival of Space 181

Lots of links from astronomy and space blogs including a little science.

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Cassini May Have Spotted an Ice Volcano on Titan

Cassini may have spotted a cryovolcano on Titan. it has been found in a region called the Sotra Facula. The craters, peaks and fingerlike flows are very good indicators that this is a cryovolcanism. The picture has been exaggerated and filled in with false colours for clarity.this is good news for the search for life [...]

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Good Evidence for Life on Saturn’s Moon Titan

The Cassini spacecraft has noticed on Titan, Saturn’s moon, that hydrogen molecules flow down through the atmosphere and disappear when they reach the surface (Icarus Journal). Also the hydrocarbons on the surface of Titan have been mapped and show that there is a lack of acetylne (Journal of geophysical research). The lack of acetylne could [...]

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Carnival of Space 154- Atlantis, Mars, Fire and Beyond

It’s been a while since I last posted the Carnival of space. Well, it’s here again the very best of the space community websites all on one site. Fancy living on Mars? I think there are a lot of people that would probably say yes. Their stay would probably be quite short today but what [...]

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Atmospheres of the Earth and terrestrial planets.

If you don’t know what an atmosphere is then I suggest you find a blog on fashion or similar. Perhaps, though, we think we know what an atmosphere is but do we really? Well, just in case it’s that thin blue line that we see around the Earth when looking at pictures that the International [...]

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Take a trip to Titan with Cassini Huygens

The solar system may seem a barren place when it comes to life or anything similar. Obviously we are here on our lovely planet so that statement is not true. The other planets don’t seem likely to harbour life except perhaps Mars, but the life there if there is any, is not obvious as we [...]

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Best of the Week Podcast- A Man, A Planet and Loads of Controversy

ENCORE While the Kepler spacecraft hunts for habitable planets beyond the solar system, we’ve let one of our own planets slip away! Find out why Pluto’s demotion to dwarf status created a public uproar as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson reads us his hate mail. From third-graders! Also, how we might find Earth-like planets… the possibility [...]

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Terraforming the Solar System, Let’s Start Our Holiday Home!

Have you ever worried about global warming? Have you ever got fed up with your mundane existence and wanted adventure? Have you ever been curious? If some of these apply to you then perhaps you should terraform another planet. There is a problem with that solution though, it’s quite a large undertaking for an individual. [...]

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