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Title: Astrobiological Research Priorities for Titan
Primary Author: Mark Allen
Secondary Author(s): Carrie Anderson, Andrew Coates, A. James Friedson, Murthy Gudipati, Kostas Kalogerakis, Ralph Lorenz, Jonathan Lunine, Catherine Neish, Conor Nixon, Lucy Norman
Institution: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Date: September 14, 2009
Summary: Titan, the haze-enshrouded moon of Saturn, has the largest accessible inventory of organic molecules in the Solar System outside of the Earth. The prospects are high for the formation of prebiotic compounds not unlike what might have preceded the origin of life in the early history of the Earth.
Panel Selection: Satellites: Galilean satellites, Titan, and the other satellites of the giant planets.
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