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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
NASA is Returning to Saturn’s Moon Titan, this Time With a Nuclear Battery-Powered Quadcopter

NASA is Returning to Saturn’s Moon Titan, this Time With a...

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The official announcement has been made. NASA is sending the Dragonfly, its rotary-winged flying robot, to Titan. We’ll have to control our excitement for a while, though. The launch date isn’t until 2026. The Dragonfly is a technological marvel. It’ll have 8 rotors that operate in 4 pairs, and it’ll be powered by a Multi-Mission…
Lakes on Titan May Have Actually Unique Crystals Encrusted Around Their Shores

Lakes on Titan May Have Actually Unique Crystals Encrusted Around Their...

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Titan is a mysterious, strange place for human eyes. It’s a frigid world, with seas of liquid hydrocarbons, and a structure made up of layers of water, different kinds of ice, and a core of hydrous silicates. It may even have cryovolcanoes. Adding to the odd nature of Saturn’s largest moon is the presence of…
Methane-Filled Lakes on Titan are “Remarkably Deep”

Methane-Filled Lakes on Titan are “Remarkably Deep”

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The Cassini mission to Saturn and its moons wrapped up in 2017, when the spacecraft was sent plunging into the gas giant to meet its end. But there’s still a lot of data from the mission to keep scientists busy. A team of scientists working with Cassini data have made a surprising discovery: Titan’s methane-filled…
Apple laid off 200 individuals from its self-driving cars and truck system Task Titan

Apple laid off 200 individuals from its self-driving cars and truck...

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Apple has laid off 200 people from its secretive self-driving car division Project Titan, CNBC reported. An Apple spokesman confirmed the departures to CNBC, and said some other employees impacted by the restructure were moving to other parts of Apple. "We have an incredibly talented team working on autonomous systems and associated technologies at Apple.…
Cassini Saw Rain Falling at Titan’s North Pole

Cassini Saw Rain Falling at Titan’s North Pole

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The Cassini mission to Saturn ended in September 2017, but the data it gathered during its 13 year mission is still yielding scientific results. On the heels of a newly-released global image of Saturn’s moon Titan comes another discovery: Rainfall at Titan’s north pole. Climate models developed by scientists during Cassini’s mission concluded that rain…
Titan’s Thick Clouds Obscure our View, however Cassini Took these Images in Infrared, Revealing the Moon’s Surface area Functions

Titan’s Thick Clouds Obscure our View, however Cassini Took these Images...

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Saturn’s moon Titan is a very strange place. It’s surrounded by a dense, opaque atmosphere, the only moon in the solar system with an atmosphere to speak of. It has lakes of liquid methane on its surface, maybe some cryovolcanoes, and some scientists speculate that it could support a form of life. Very weird life.…
Being Cassini. Experience What It Resembled to Fly Past Jupiter and Saturn and Their Moons

Being Cassini. Experience What It Resembled to Fly Past Jupiter and...

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What would it be like to be onboard the Cassini orbiter as it made its way around Jupiter and Saturn and their moons? Pretty cool. Now a new video made from Cassini images pieces together parts of that stately journey. Kevin M. Gill, software and self-described data wrangler at NASA-JPL, put together a video that…
Titan First-Ever Detected Dust Storms Proves the Moon to be More Earth-like than Ever

Titan First-Ever Detected Dust Storms Proves the Moon to be More...

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Ever since the Cassini orbiter entered the Saturn system in July of 2004, scientists and the general public have been treated to a steady stream of data about this ringed giant and its many fascinating moons. In particular, a great deal of attention was focused on Saturn’s largest moon Titan, which has many surprising Earth-like…

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