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.
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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.