Titan Unveiled: Saturn's Mysterious Moon Explored

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Princeton University Press, 2008 - 243 ˹
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In the early 1980s, when the two Voyager spacecraft skimmed past Titan, Saturn's largest moon, they transmitted back enticing images of a mysterious world concealed in a seemingly impenetrable orange haze. Titan Unveiled is one of the first general interest books to reveal the startling new discoveries that have been made since the arrival of the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan.

Ralph Lorenz and Jacqueline Mitton take readers behind the scenes of this mission. Launched in 1997, Cassini entered orbit around Saturn in summer 2004. Its formidable payload included the Huygens probe, which successfully parachuted down through Titan's atmosphere in early 2005, all the while transmitting images and data--and scientists were startled by what they saw. One of those researchers was Lorenz, who gives an insider's account of the scientific community's first close encounter with an alien landscape of liquid methane seas and turbulent orange skies. Amid the challenges and frayed nerves, new discoveries are made, including methane monsoons, equatorial sand seas, and Titan's polar hood. Lorenz and Mitton describe Titan as a world strikingly like Earth and tell how Titan may hold clues to the origins of life on our own planet and possibly to its presence on others.

Generously illustrated with many stunning images, Titan Unveiled is essential reading for anyone interested in space exploration, planetary science, or astronomy.

  

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Review: Titan Unveiled: Saturn's Mysterious Moon Explored

Ԩóҡ  - Kurt Springs - Goodreads

While I got this book in order to learn more about Titan, the story of Cassini Huygens journey and mission around Saturn, and especially Titan, was quite facinating. However, it didn't tell me much about the moon Titan that I didn't already know, which was a bit disappointing ҹԴ繩Ѻ

Review: Titan Unveiled: Saturn's Mysterious Moon Explored

Ԩóҡ  - Pancha - Goodreads

This just wasn't what I wanted. It focuses pretty heavily on data, and I was looking for more of a historical focus. ҹԴ繩Ѻ

The Lure of Titan
1
Waiting for Cassini
21
Cassini Arrives
67
Cassinis First Taste of Titan
101
Landing on Titan
132
The Mission Goes On
174
Where We Are and Where We Are Going
211
Summary of Dynamical and Physical Data
233
Further Reading
235
Index
239
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Ralph Lorenz is a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Jacqueline Mitton is a writer, editor, and media consultant in astronomy. They are the coauthors of "Lifting Titan's Veil: Exploring the Giant Moon of Saturn".

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