Titan

Gisselle L.

What is Titan?

Titan is one of the Saturn's Moon that was discovered in 1655. Saturn has many moons than Titan but Saturn's it's the second largest moon that Saturn has and it's almost similar to earth. You will see the simple information that the NASA science gather about Titan, The discovery and the finding of sea and water!
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Titan Information

The first thing that the science gather first is the simple information of the moon. The Diameter of titan is 5,150 km. This moon orbits around Saturn like any other moon. It orbits around saturn in 15.9 days. Meaning that it takes 15 or 16 days to orbit saturn in a full circle. If it weren't orbit saturn and instead the sun that it would be considered as a planet. Pretty cool right?

Discovery of Titan

It was discovered in 1665 by Christiaan Huygens a dutch astronomer. After the finding of Titan, many have seen that it was special about the moon in a good way. Little did they know that Titan is one of the closest planet yet to be discovered. Titan is five 50 percent larger than Earth's moon making the largest satellite in the solar system.

When the probe named Huygens (named after the discoverer of Titan) was launched in 1977 , it took some picture of Titan. Scientist from NASA got the pictures back from the probe and found out that Titan is covered with golden blue like haze of clouds. They figured out that the clouds is made out of methane and Nitrogen.Similar to Earth way back then! It was the greatest discovery of Titan. This made the NASA scientist have even more interest in the interesting Moon.

Finding of Water

After digging deeper about the haze of clouds of Titan they've found things more interesting. The clouds of haze which contained Methane and Nitrogen, actually are floating water of clouds! Once they figured out they wanted to know if there's bodies of water on Titan. They were correct. Titan does contain bodies of water like earth. How does this happen? Science have one theory: The clouds that contain methane and nitrogen could be the cause. Like here on earth, when a cloud gets too heavy it started to rain. But it's different because the clouds are more heavier due to the weak gravity. The molecules release making a body of water.
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Take a Trip to Titan!

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