Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Living in Space: What would it be like to spend a Day on Titan?

Today, I want to talk to you about what it would be like to spend a day on Titan (one of Saturn’s moons).

I hardly need to try and convince you that Titan is worth visiting; the facts make a more persuasive argument than I ever could. Titan is the largest of the 53 moons that orbit Saturn; in fact, it is the second largest moon in our solar system (only Jupiter’s Ganymede surpasses it). This means that Titan is much bigger than our own Moon, and even the planet Mercury. But, despite being one of the most sizable moons in our solar system, Titan has a rather weak gravitational pull (a person who weighs 100 pounds on Earth will only weigh 12 pounds on Titan. ie. Titan is a great place for jumping and, thus, basketball).

But I’m afraid that this interesting moon is rather inhospitable. Titan"s average surface temperature is a chilly -289 degrees Fahrenheit (-178 degrees Celsius), which is a little cold even for the hardiest Earthlings. Yet, you shouldn’t let the temperature keep you from visiting this magnificent rock, because Titan is the only moon in the solar system known to have clouds and a thick planet-like atmosphere. And I mean “thick.” Titan"s atmospheric pressure is about 60 percent greater than the Earth"s, so walking on Titan will be roughly the same as walking on the bottom of a swimming pool.

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