Friday, January 21, 2005

News from Titan

View of the horizon from Titan. (Actual orange-colored sky.)

I don't know how many folks here are following the photos and data from theHuygens probe on the surface of Titan, the only satellite in the solar system with an atmophere, but the whole thing is fucking amazing. Earth-like geology, except instead of water the dominant liquid is liquid methane. There's also a shoreline. I've always been fascinated by the Galilean moons (especially Io and Europa) and Titan, the only probable astral bodies in our solar system that might host life. And now they've landed a probe on the suface of freakin' Titan, partially by using Venus' gravity to sling Cassini, Huygens' carrier satellite, over to Saturn's gravitational field. Sometimes, technology can be so awesome.