Frontiers Lecture: Toxic Titan

Part of Frontiers Lectures

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The surface of Saturn's moon, Titan, as seen from space. This composite image shows an infrared view of Saturn's moon, Titan, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Courtesy of University of Arizona/University of Idaho/NASA/JPL
Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is unique in our solar system.

Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is unique in our solar system: below its thick organic haze layer, rivers of methane carve channels into an icy bedrock and flow into large hydrocarbon seas. Could this moon’s lake-mottled surface and thick, organic rich atmosphere be an ideal setting for life as we do not know it?

Planetary scientist Sarah M. Hörst explores this question and all that’s left to be discovered about our own home from studying a moon worlds away. 

Meet the Presenter

Dr. Sarah Hörst’s primary research interest is atmospheric chemistry. She is particularly interested in the complex organic chemistry occurring in the atmosphere of Titan. She is also interested in complex organics elsewhere in the solar system (and the universe), whether they are produced in an atmosphere or on a surface.

See Dr. Hörst's CV.

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