Titan an Astrobiological Vision


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En la presente se muestra un poco mas sobre una de las lunas que tiene Saturno, cual es en este caso Titan es importante por sus características atmosféricas pues esta compuesto por Metano, nitrógeno y argón mayoritariamente, también que es de mucho interés para NASA quien esta realizando un seguimiento exhaustivo mediante un sofisticado equipo que órbita Saturno Cassini Huygens

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Titan an Astrobiological Vision

  1. 1. Titan: An astrobiological vision from the Cassini-Huygens data - 2008 RENEE M. CONDORI APAZA ASL – NASA AMES
  2. 2. Orange and Blue HazesThese views from Cassini look toward the south polar region of Saturnslargest moon, Titan, and show a depression within the moons orange andblue haze layers near the south pole.The close-up view was captured with the narrow-angle camera. Another viewtaken a second later with the wide-angle camera is also included here forcontext.The moons high altitude haze layer appears blue here whereas the mainatmospheric haze is orange. The difference in color could be due to particlesize of the haze. The blue haze likely consists of smaller particles than theorange haze.The depressed or attenuated layer appears in the transition area between theorange and blue hazes about a third of the way in from the left edge of thenarrow-angle image. The moons south pole is in the upper right of thisimage. This view suggests Titans north polar vortex, or hood, is beginning toflip from north to south.
  3. 3. DISR instrument DLVSDLIS Imagers Lamp
  4. 4. Cassinis Superhuman SensesOptical Remote SensingMounted on the remote sensing pallet, these instrumentsstudy Saturn and its rings and moons in the electromagneticspectrum.Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS)Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS)Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS)Fields, Particles and WavesThese instruments study the dust, plasma and magneticfields around Saturn. While most dont produce actual"pictures," the information they collect is critical to scientistsunderstanding of this rich environment.Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS)Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA)Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS)Magnetometer (MAG)Magnetospheric Imaging Instrument (MIMI)Radio and Plasma Wave Science (RPWS)Microwave Remote SensingUsing radio waves, these instruments map atmospheres,determine the mass of moons, collect data on ring particlesize, and unveil the surface of Titan.RadarRadio Science (RSS)