2009 Annual Science Report

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Titan Reporting  |  JUL 2008 – AUG 2009

Executive Summary

This summary covers the first six months of the JPL-Titan team, hereinafter the NAI Titan team, activities since the initiation of funding. Some members of this team were funded for only three months of this reporting period.

A series of coupled model simulations and novel laboratory experiments comprise the core research program of the NAI Titan team. The objective of this coordinated research is to understand the extent to which processes that could be active currently in Titan could lead to the formation of significant prebiotic molecular compounds, to be defined hereinafter as being composed of atoms of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. These processes might have been important in the early Earth environment and be on the path to the formation of life.

During this initial reporting period, two research themes—“Titan’s geology—places where organic chemistry can operate” and “The complexity of atmospheric ... Continue reading.

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