Cassini’s legacy: Titan’s bonkers atmospheric chemistry—Speaking of Chemistry

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Reactions Science Videos | September 14, 2017

Cassini’s mission to the Saturn system is coming to an end, but the space probe has uncovered chemical mysteries on the moon Titan that will keep scientists busy for years to come. When the Cassini space probe launched 20 years ago, planetary scientists knew that Saturn’s moon Titan showcased some complex atmospheric chemistry. But now that Cassini has had a closer look at the moon, researchers are shocked just by just how gnarly that chemistry is. In this episode of Speaking of Chemistry, we teamed up with Eos reporter JoAnna Wendel to learn how studying Titan’s atmosphere is teaching us more about our solar system and even our home planet.

Sarah Hörst is a member of Eos’s editorial advisory board.

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