I was just doing a quick surf through my Facebook newsfeed (probably not the best thing to do when I first get to work), when an io9 article popped up with a video recently released from a concept design team at NASA showing a robotic submarine that could be developed for exploring the seas of Titan. Check it out:
|NASA image of Titan. Check out that atmo. Mmmmmm|
Titan is the only world in our solar system outside of our own with lakes and seas on the surface. Unlike our own Earth, with its hydrological cycle of water changing phases and moving about, Titan has a methanological cycle, where methane, ethane, and other hydrocarbons become the clouds, the rain, and the fluids that fill the lakes:
|NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/University of Nantes/Kevin Hand; find it here|
We might not see a submarine mission on Titan anytime soon, but I hope we get our asses back there 'fore long. That beautiful, hazy world is too intriguing to leave it all on its lonesome out there 'round Saturn.
I wrote a post sometime back about one of my favorite songs by The House Band of the Universe. With fellow astrobiologist David Grinspoon at the helm, the band takes the audience on an aural and visual journey into the haze of Titan with their tune, Titan Haze: