The Western Lines

February 27, 2010

Titan, a sense of déjà vu?

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Astronomy,BBC,Horizon,Titan — ralphbuttigieg @ 8:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we focus our sights on Saturn’s mysterious and mesmerizing moon Titan. Titan is a moon shrouded in a thick orange red atmosphere which, like the planet Venus, hides its surface from the gaze of terrestrial astronomers. To paraphrase the great Winston Churchill, Titan was a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. And, our puzzlement over Titan only deepened when we pierce its veil and obtained our very first pictures of its surface.

So much so, and quoting directly from an upcoming article in Scientific American entitled “The Moon That Would Be a Planet”:

“….. On the morning of January 14, 2005, at the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, the pictures caused jubilation and puzzlement in equal measure. None of us expected the landscape to look so Earth-like. As Huygens parachuted down, its aerial pictures showed branching river channels cut by rain-fed streams. It landed on the damp, pebble-covered site of a recent flash flood. What was alien about Titan was its eerie familiarity”.

And, it is this sense of déjà vu that prompts us to ask the question is Titan, A Place Like Home?

BBC Horizon – Titan, A Place Like Home?

http://www.megavideo.com/v/UG3IE28Neaeb37e654f8ae15a538ea69fc2846c4

Titan: A Place Like Home?

http://www.youtube.com/p/5AEBE31BE1033D45&hl=en_GB&fs=1

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2 Comments »

  1. Wow superb! I missed this when it was screened on TV so thanks for sharing this!

    Comment by Larry — February 27, 2010 @ 9:50 pm | Reply

  2. Glad that you finally got to watch it Larry. Take care and please visit us again!!!!

    Comment by Alex Michael Bonnici — March 3, 2010 @ 7:40 pm | Reply


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