Titan topographic map unearths cookie-cutter holes in moon’s surface

Media Note: Images of the topographic maps of Titan can be viewed and downloaded at https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17031. Video can be found at https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17656.   ITHACA, N.Y. – Using the now-complete Cassini data set, Cornell University astronomers have created a new global topographic map of Saturn’s moon Titan that has opened new windows into understanding its liquid […]

Titan discovery gets us closer to methane-based alien life

  Titan discovery gets us closer to methane-based alien life   A new paper published today on “Science Advances” provides the first indisputable evidence of the presence of a molecule – acrylonitrile –  on Titan which Cornell University researchers theorized could be key to life on the methane-based, oxygen-free moon of Saturn. Chemical and biological […]

Chemical trail on Titan may be key to prebiotic conditions

ITHACA, N.Y. – NASA’s Cassini and Huygens missions have provided a wealth of data about chemical elements found on Saturn’s moon Titan, and Cornell scientists have uncovered a chemical trail that suggests prebiotic conditions may exist there. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, features terrain with Earthlike attributes such as lakes, rivers and seas, although filled with […]