The 2009 JPL-Caltech Summer Titan SURF Project


Dr. Patricia Beauchamp from JPL will give a talk on

"Missions to Titan, the Enigmatic Moon of Saturn"

at *11am* THIS FRIDAY [July 17th] in the Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall (155 Arms Laboratory in the GPS division on Caltech's campus)


The Cassini-Huygens mission has revolutionized our understanding of the Titan system and its potential for harbouring the ingredients necessary for life. The discoveries reveal that Titan is rich in organics, possibly contains a vast subsurface ocean and has energy sources to drive chemical evolution. With these recent findings, the interest in Titan as the next scientific target in the outer Solar System is strongly reinforced. This presentation will discuss how results from the Cassini-Huygens mission have led to a future mission concept, which was completed in 2008 when NASA commissioned a new mission study of the Titan Saturn System.

This talk is open to everyone.