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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Orange Titan?

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It appears that the color on the surface of Titan is orange? I guess one could have easily seen that from the atmosphere, but it looks almost pretty on the surface of Titan. If it weren't for the poisonous atmosphere on the moon, I think I would want to live there.

AP Photo/SMH.com.au

Another world ... the orange hue of Titan

One could say that the surface is indeed alien. With orange rocks here and there (or is that ice?) it more resembles a desert rather than an "ocean."
At first glance it could be the view of a chilly seaside somewhere in our world. But another picture, showing an orange landscape under an eerie orange sky, proves these are no earthly scenes. "They are absolutely spectacular," Malcolm Walter, head of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Macquarie University, said yesterday.

But Professor Walter said the flat dark area that looks like a sea was almost certainly bone dry. "It is a solid surface. It could be ice, covered in organic [carbon-based] chemistry - hydrocarbons ... Nothing else immediately comes to mind." Professor Walter said the hydocarbons may have formed a sort of "tar" from chemicals raining out of Titan's nitrogen and methane-rich atmosphere. "If it's tar it could be hard, like a road."

Well...so much for the "ocean of methane/ethane" theory that made this world worth billions of dollars (or euros for our semi-friends in Europe). I'm still awaiting analysis of whether or not there is money on that moon. Otherwise it will be as useless as going to Mars. Selah!

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