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The joint NASA/ESA Cassini mission has established Titan as a prime location for investigating the limits of life. Cassini has studied Titan’s interior, seasonal changes on its surface and atmosphere, and the atmosphere’s interaction with an energetic magnetosphere. Cassini finds surface-atmosphere interactions producing erosional features similar to Earth’s, including dunes, mountains, rivers, alluvial deposits, and features suggesting recent cryovolcanism.
There is also evidence for a salty ocean interior and accumulations of liquid hydrocarbons are evident on its surface. The atmosphere’s interaction with the magnetosphere produces a continuous supply of new organic material. The inclusion of Titan as a target for exploration by missions under NASA’s New Frontiers program highlights broad solar system community interest in this scientifically rich moon. This session will explore new results that intend to provide a comprehensive and integrated understanding of Titan’s interior, surface, and atmosphere, along with the atmosphere’s interaction with the Saturn’s energetic environment.
Abstract submission deadline: 3 August 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT.
Conveners: Robert M. Nelson (PSI), Rosaly Lopes (JPL), Conor A Nixon (NASA GFSC), Joseph H Westlake (JHU APL)