A World of Secrets

Cloud-covered Titan

Wrapped in its clouds and haze Saturn’s moon Titan teases us with its secrets. What sort of strange geologic events are happening on its surface? Volcanoes oozing water ice, natural gas rainstorms, rivers flowing with liquid methane into enormous glassy lakes, temperatures that would freeze most Earthly creatures solid within minutes. And now, the big question hanging over all of it…is there life on this cloudy world? Scientists have long postulated it, many of the ingredients are there for it, and recent data from the Cassini spacecraft appears to point toward its possibility. While nothing has been discovered yet to prove anything definitive, it’s hard not to feel like we are on the verge of something very big. Only time – and a lot of further investigation – will tell.

Still…I can’t be the only one whose imagination is sufficiently stirred.

Image above is a color-combined photo from the Cassini orbiter, taken on June 10, 2010.

Image: NASA/JPL/SSI/J. Major