Sending A Submarine To Titan

Aside from Earth, Titan is the only body in the solar system with liquid seas on its surface. The seas are made of hydrocarbons, not water, but they would still accommodate a submarine that could withstand the moon's frigid temperatures. In 2015, NASA funded a proposal for a mission to Titan that would send a sub below the surface of Kraken Mare, the biggest northern sea on the moon. The sub would theoretically gather data on the sea's composition, currents, tides, and floor to send back to Earth. However, this mission would have to wait until around 2040, when Titan is best positioned for a launch from Earth. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

Take A Trip To Titan

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Everything You Need To Know About Saturn

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NASA's Plan For A Submarine In Space

Get ready to dive into Titan's sea...

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Titan is the only moon in the solar system with a dense atmosphere complete with clouds, as well as seas on its surface. 00:55

  2. Titan's sea Kraken Mare is made of hydrocarbons, not water. 01:38

  3. Sending a submarine to Titan would likely not happen until around 2040. 03:33

Written by Curiosity Staff April 8, 2016

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