Astronomers May Have Spotted Waves On Titan's Seas

Other than Earth, Titan is the only celestial object in the solar system capable of fostering stable liquids on the surface. But now, after years of searching, scientists may have detected waves rippling on its seas — which, if confirmed, would be the first discovery of its kind. » 3/18/14 6:40am 3/18/14 6:40am

​The original Snowpiercer comic is dystopian scifi at its best

Thanks to Harvey Weinstein, I have not seen Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer movie yet, based on the 1982 French graphic novel La Transperceneige. But I have been able to read the comic, thanks to Titan, who will be releasing its first-ever English translation on January 28th. If you're at all interested in the movie or just … » 1/23/14 9:20am 1/23/14 9:20am

You won't believe how amazing this footage of Saturn's moon Titan is

In 2005, an international team sent a probe called Huygens down to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. This is a moon with a thick atmosphere, and which we now know has lakes, sand dunes, salt flats, and seasonal rains (of liquid methane). At the time, however, we'd never seen its surface below cloud cover. Here's… » 1/14/14 1:46pm 1/14/14 1:46pm

The best, weirdest and wildest comics coming in 2014

Telling you it's a good time to be a comic book fan is like telling you oxygen is a helpful thing to inhale. You know this already. It's just a fact. We've been treated to some of the best, most thoughtful, and most fun comics of all time over the last several years, and that's clearly not going to stop in 2014. Here… » 1/14/14 11:30am 1/14/14 11:30am

NASA's bizarre Super Ball Bot could one day roll around Titan

We've seen some really unconventional robot designs in recent years, but NASA's highly conceptual Super Ball Bot takes the cake. Setting aside the constrained world of rigid robotics, this shape-changing machine would be driven by "tensegrity" technologies consisting of interlocking rods and cables. » 12/26/13 3:40pm 12/26/13 3:40pm

What if superpowers were a sexually transmitted disease… and fatal?

The characters of Titan's new comic Death Sentence are not heroes. They’re normal people who had unprotected sex, received superpowers, and will die in six months — and that’s the fantastic premise of Death Sentence #1, which you need to check out. Plus zombies attack Riverdale, The Walking Dead goes to war and more in … » 10/08/13 4:20pm 10/08/13 4:20pm

Feast your eyes on the first global topographical map of Titan

For the first time ever, planetary scientists have created a topographical map of Titan, the largest of Saturn's many moons, and the second-largest in the entire solar system. The map is a boon to researchers who study Titan, a mysterious moon that is arguably the most Earth-like body in our solar system – and it's… » 5/23/13 3:40pm 5/23/13 3:40pm

This #upgoerfive about Saturn and its moons is a truly beautiful thing

So there's this wonderful little internet invention called The Up-Goer Five Text Editor. Designed by parasitologist Theo Sanderson, the application was inspired by a recent xkcd comic that attempts to explain NASA's Saturn V rocket using only the thousand most common words in the English language (whereby "Saturn V… » 1/18/13 2:40pm 1/18/13 2:40pm

Watch this new animation of the Huygens probe as it lands on Titan

It's been eight years since the European Space Agency's Huygens probe landed on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Now, to celebrate this anniversary, and to make sense of the data sent back to Earth, a new rendering has been put together by the ESA to show the landing in exquisitely precise detail. As you watch the video, … » 1/15/13 6:20am 1/15/13 6:20am

Gorgeous illustrations of what it would look like to stroll along…

Last week, the ESA released unprecedented images of a long, meandering river on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. Most likely the river flows with ethane or methane, and might be slightly viscous like oil. Now, space artist and io9 contributor Ron Miller has created these gorgeous up-close visions of the river from… » 12/19/12 7:28pm 12/19/12 7:28pm

The first-ever image of a massive river system on another world

This image was taken by the space probe Cassini, and shows what appears to be a massive river system on Saturn's moon Titan. The European Space Agency reports that it flows 400 km across the cloudy moon's surface, where it meets a large sea. This is most likely a river made of liquid ethane or methane, not water.… » 12/12/12 12:10pm 12/12/12 12:10pm

Probe data reveals a surface on Titan that's soft, sandy, and fragile

Even though the Huygens probe landed on Titan back in 2005 and transmitted data for only about 90 minutes after touchdown, scientists have still been able to eke out information about Titan from the mission, squeezing all they can from the data. The latest information comes from reconstructing the way the probe landed … » 10/12/12 1:59pm 10/12/12 1:59pm

Should we send a robotic boat to explore Titan's methane lakes?

A group of European scientists and engineers are working on a plan to send a boat to Titan. Called the Titan Lake In-situ Sampling Propelled Explorer (TALISE), the group is proposing that we send an instrument-laden boat-probe to Saturn's largest moon — one that would be propelled by paddles, inflatable wheels, or… » 10/01/12 6:20am 10/01/12 6:20am

What strange geological processes created Titan's oddly smooth surface?

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has a surface that doesn't make much sense. Images sent back by the cloud-piercing Cassini-Huygens spacecraft in 2004 showed a smooth surface that was barely touched by its extensive system of liquid methane rivers. And Titan has a strangely small number of impact craters from meteorites. » 7/24/12 11:13am 7/24/12 11:13am