NASA maps the whole surface of Titan, the largest moon around Saturn

This near-infrared, color view from Cassini shows the sun glinting off of Titan’s north polar seas. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. Arizona/Univ. Idaho

NASA’s Cassini mission ended its study of Saturn in 2017, it also flew by Saturn’s moon, Titan.

It is the only known satellite in the solar system with clouds and an impenetrable atmosphere of nitrogen and methane, which gives it a hazy orange appearance.

The mission captured images and data that helped scientists put together a geological map of Titan’s surface.

They have found lakes of liquid methane, dunes of frozen organic material, craters, and even plains!

Just like Earth has a water cycle, Titan, has a methane cycle. Titan’s rivers, lakes, and seas are made of liquid ethane and methane. The methane cycle forms clouds and causes liquid gas to rain from the sky. 

Scientists have discovered that Titan’s sand is made up of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen that are critical to promoting life. Many scientists think these grew in the liquid water ocean below Titan’s icy crust.

NASA’s scientist, “Titan has an atmosphere like Earth. It has wind, it has rain, it has mountains,” Lopes said. “It’s a really very interesting world, and one of the best places in the solar system to look for life.”

NASA plans to launch its Dragonfly Mission which will explore Titan closely in 2034. Dragonfly is like the Mars rover – it will land on Titan and spend two and a half years collecting data on this moon to learn more about whether life can be supported here.

Written by: Preetika Soni. Preetika is a full – time toddler mommy. In the time that is left, she enjoys writing, photography and crochet. She has worked with NDTV, Mumbai and has taught at SCMSophia. 



Spread the love
No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Write to us at

Help us keep currentkids, current! We’d love to hear about your crazy adventures and experiences. Send us your pictures, travel diaries, thoughts on cool new gadgets, gaming experiences and anything else you find interesting!

About Us

Welcome to our entertaining and empowering news source for kids with inquisitive minds! This is a digital space that keeps kids aged 8 and above (and your families!) connected to what’s happening in the world. We filter a wide variety of news, events, and interesting bits of trivia to develop short, relevant, unbiased content in creative formats. We give everyone something to relate to and get engaged with in short bytes of information with a snappy, chatty feel. We believe in encouraging curiosity, creativity and continued learning in our safe digital space.

Why is reading non-fiction important?

This helps curious minds to learn more about the outside world. It also enriches their vocabulary and their general knowledge. Simplified news helps children to express their opinions easily with their friends and family and gives them some perspective on complex issues. Our safe news website will give you parents a useful tool with which to navigate the digital world with your children.

We hope you enjoy our posts!

Biyash & Sunaina