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Titan: Clue to 'Magic Island' mystery

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 10:30 PM

Titan: Clue to 'Magic Island' mystery on Saturn moon


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Scientists have outlined their best explanations for a mysterious feature dubbed the "magic island", which has been spotted on Saturn's moon Titan.

The Cassini spacecraft captured the "island" during a flyby, but it had vanished by the time of the next pass.

The bright splodge is seen in Ligeia Mare, one of the seas of methane and ethane found at Titan's north pole.

Icebergs, waves and gas bubbling up from the sea bed are all possibilities, the scientists say.

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 03:10 PM

I read this article in the news, its quite interesting... Im just glad its not come up in the ET section :lol:

from the article:


"This is just further evidence, if we need it, that we just must go back to Titan with a dedicated mission, ideally to land in one of Titan's seas - a Titan Sea Probe. And then we can understand what is happening on the seas of this incredible place."


Well I for one hope they do!

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 07:44 PM

View Postseeder, on 23 June 2014 - 03:10 PM, said:

I read this article in the news, its quite interesting... Im just glad its not come up in the ET section :lol:

from the article:


"This is just further evidence, if we need it, that we just must go back to Titan with a dedicated mission, ideally to land in one of Titan's seas - a Titan Sea Probe. And then we can understand what is happening on the seas of this incredible place."


Well I for one hope they do!

Cassini is due for flybys on July 20th, August 21st, September 22nd, October 24th and December 10th http://saturn.jpl.na...aturntourdates/ with the last one being as close as 609 miles.

Nice midterms democrats.  As Pelosi says, "Embrace the suck".

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 07:49 PM

View PostMerc14, on 23 June 2014 - 07:44 PM, said:

Cassini is due for flybys on July 20th, August 21st, September 22nd, October 24th and December 10th http://saturn.jpl.na...aturntourdates/ with the last one being as close as 609 miles.

Cheers Merc, will keep an eye out for it :tu:

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:09 PM

View Postseeder, on 23 June 2014 - 07:49 PM, said:

Cheers Merc, will keep an eye out for it :tu:

I know it isn't the mission you mean but at least it is something and the results should be interesting to see.

Edited by Merc14, 23 June 2014 - 08:09 PM.

Nice midterms democrats.  As Pelosi says, "Embrace the suck".

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:17 PM

Crazy, it's really unbelievable how much we've left to discover about our own solar system. I cannot wait until technology allows us to delve deeper into these mysteries.


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Posted 23 June 2014 - 10:46 PM

It's Fantasy Island. Tattoo is waiting for you.

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 01:08 AM

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 02:01 AM

Maybe Titan has its own "Nessie?" :whistle:


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 02:26 AM

We invested so much money in a deserted mars looking for life as we know it when life as we not know it might be somewhere else. On titan for instance!

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 03:44 AM

View Postqxcontinuum, on 24 June 2014 - 02:26 AM, said:

We invested so much money in a deserted mars looking for life as we know it when life as we not know it might be somewhere else. On titan for instance!

We didn't go to Mars to find living creatures, we went to see if life may have once existed, which would be an amazing find.   As far as life on Titan, the placid lakes on Titan's surface are comprised of liquid ethane or liquid methane, the surface temperature is -179 Celsius and the possible subsurface water is fully mixed with ammonia. There may be some form of primordial life on Titan but it isn't flying spaceships around like you may wish.

Cassini Huygens landed a craft, the Huygens probe, on Titan in 2005 and Cassini is still actively exploring Titan with its myriad instruments.  My point is the we certainly aren't ignoring Titan as we have been actively exploring it for nearly a decade and will continue doing so until near the end of the decade at least.

Nice midterms democrats.  As Pelosi says, "Embrace the suck".

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:30 AM

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We didn't go to Mars to find living creatures, we went to see if life may have once existed, which would be an amazing find.   As far as life on Titan, the placid lakes on Titan's surface are comprised of liquid ethane or liquid methane, the surface temperature is -179 Celsius and the possible subsurface water is fully mixed with ammonia. There may be some form of primordial life on Titan but it isn't flying spaceships around like you may wish.  

Based on what we have discovered so far on Mars, inclusing river beds, earth like alkalinity, has had atmosphere and organic compounds, can we just say Mars has hosted life before , closing the exploration chapter and move to Titan already? The whole Mars thing it is becoming too expensive , too long , looks like some details photographed are often ignored or improperly analysed what's the point anyway continuing doing .
Sooner the world war 3 will start and will wipe out civilisation as we know it . Here is our change to quickly explore everything we can faster as long we still have money and time. Graduated steps and safe planning might not bring a good turn over.

Edited by qxcontinuum, 24 June 2014 - 04:32 AM.


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:33 AM

View Postseeder, on 23 June 2014 - 03:10 PM, said:

"This is just further evidence, if we need it, that we just must go back to Titan with a dedicated mission, ideally to land in one of Titan's seas - a Titan Sea Probe. And then we can understand what is happening on the seas of this incredible place."

Hydrocarbons? I'm sure Exxon will foot the bill...

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 05:16 AM

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 08:35 AM

Fascinating, be interested to see if there are some tidal forces being exerted on those hydrocrabon oceans, or if the atmosphere coupled with the actual liquid has another effect we have not seen before.... or they could have found the Titan-ness monster (joke lol) :w00t:

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