If you have seen the recent Avengers movie or you are a huge marvel universe fan, then I believe you must have heard of Titan. In the fictitious Marvel world, Titan is the home of Thanos that got destroyed as a result of overpopulation and lack of resources. I don’t want to continue talking about Thanos, so I don’t spoil the movie for those of us who haven’t seen it. Anyway, this post is about Thanos world – Titan, not the fictitious one that had people on it, the real Titan the moon that orbits Saturn.

Like I mentioned earlier, Titan is the largest moon that orbits Saturn, and it is the second largest moon in our solar system. It is larger than Mercury in size, and it has some fascinating thick atmosphere, that is said to be similar to the atmospheric condition that was prevalent in Earth’s early years.

In this post, we will look at some fascinating facts about Titan, and what makes it so special.

About Titan

 

 

Image by Kevin Song – Wikimedia Commons

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Titan has a hazy and heavy atmosphere, that comprises mainly of nitrogen as well as ethane and methane cloud and an organic thick smog. Its diameter is about 5,000 km and has a mass of 1.35 x 1023kg, as we know, it orbits Saturn every 16 days. Titan was discovered on 25th March 1655 by Huygens Christiaan a Dutch astronomer. And the moon was named after the Titans of Greek Mythology children of the god Cronus.
The moon is known to be mainly composed of a rocky core that is covered with icy water, the surface of Titan is covered with vents of cryovolcanoes, as well as liquid hydrocarbons. These are all transported around the dark and bright terrain, which shows proof of the impact of cratering. The structural composition of Titan is a little complex, which sees the satellite consisting of a number of layers such as a rocky core which has a surrounding of crystalline ice. The core is believed to hot, and layers of this core is made up of ammonia as well as water.

More on Saturn

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Just like other moons that orbit their host planet, Titan as well orbits its primary or host planet – Saturn. The rotation time frame and the orbital period are the same, the implication of this is that Titans turns on its axis within the same period of time it will require to orbit its primary planet – Saturn. There have been several missions to Titan, but in the history of the space expedition, only one probe has visited the surface of the satellite. The Huygens lander was that first probe to touch down the surface of Titan. It landed on Titan on the 14th of January 2005, after which it transmitted data back to earth for an estimated period of 90 minutes.

Huygens mission on Titan set the record of the farthest solar body that any space probe has landed on its surface in the entire solar system.

Reference

SPACE FACTS – Titan Facts

WIKIMEDIA – Titan

 

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  1. Nicholas

    I always thought that is bigger than the Earth… I can earn something new each day 🙂

    Btw that premiss, for the avengers movie, is sooo stupid, just think about it.
    They have advanced spacetravel technologies, but they cant handle the increased population, only with genocide? Fool joke…

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