Lifting Titan's Veil

Presenter: Ralph Lorenz, University of Arizona
When: July 25, 2005 11AM PDT

Cassini has only made 6 of its 44 close flybys of Titan, yet already a
torrent of data is changing our perceptions of this strange world, which
appears in many ways as complex a body as the Earth, with volcanic,
Aeolian and impact features modified by an exotic (and possibly
catastrophic) hydrology with methane as a working fluid. The ubiquitous
presence of complex organics makes Titan a perhaps more appealing
astrobiological target than Europa. This talk will review the
unfolding story of Titan, the findings of the Huygens probe, and
what we can expect from the ongoing Cassini tour and future missions.

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