The Cassini team continues to collect, analyze and debate Titan findings, but all agree that the spacecraft’s instruments are revealing Titan as a rapidly evolving object that is providing a new window on the evolution of Earth-like bodies.


This Cassini Science League entry is an overview of a science paper authored, or co-authored, by at least one Cassini scientist. The information above was derived from or informed by the following publications:

1) L. Soderblom (U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Flagstaff, Arizona); R.H. Brown, J.M.Soderblom (University of Arizona, Tuscon); J.W. Barnes (University of Idaho, Moscow); R.L. Kirk (USGS, Flagstaff); C. Sotin (JPL); R. Jaumann (DLR, Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, and Freie University, Berlin); D.J. Mackinnon USGS, Flagstaff); D.W. Mackowski (Auburn University, Alabama); K.H. Baines, B.J. Burati (JPL), R.N. Clark (USGS, Denver, Colorado); P.D. Nicholson (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York) Icarus ,Volume 204, Issue 2, December 2009, Pages 429-44610-618

2) “Cassini RADAR images at Hotei Arcus and western Xanadu, Titan: Evidence for geologically recent cryovolcanic activity,” S.D. Wall, R.M. Lopes (JPL); E.R. Stofan (Proxemy Research, Bowie, Maryland); C.A. Wood (Center for Educational Technologies, Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, West Virginia); J.L. Radebaugh (Department of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah); S. M. Hörst (University of Arizona, Tucson); B.W. Stiles; R.M. Nelson, L.W. Kamp, M.A. Janssen(JPL); R.D. Lorenz (Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland) J.I. Lunine (University of Arizona, Tucson); T.G. Farr, G. Mitri (JPL); P. Paillou (Observatoire Aquitain des Sciences de l'Univers, Université de Bordeaux, France) F. Paganelli (Proxemy Research), K.L. Mitchell (JPL), Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 36, L04203, February 24, 2009

3) “VIMS spectral mapping observations of Titan during the Cassini prime mission,” Jason W. Barnes Department of Physics, University of Idaho, Moscow); Jason M. Soderblom, Robert H. Brown (University of Arizona, Tucson), Bonnie J. Buratti (JPL); Christophe Sotin, Kevin H. Baines (JPL); Roger N. Clark (U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Denver, Colorado); Ralf Jaumann (Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, Germany); Thomas B. McCord (Bear Fight Center, Winthrop, Washington); Robert Nelson (JPL); Stéphane Le Mouélic (University of Nantes, France); Sebastien Rodriguez (Centre d’ètude de Saclay, DAPNIA/Sap, Centre de l’Orme des Merisiers); Cedex, France); Caitlin Griffith, Paulo Penteado (University of Arizona, Tuscon); Federico Tosi (Centre de l’Orme des Merisiers); Karly M. Pitman (JPL); Laurence Soderblom (USGS, Flagstaff, Arizona), Katrin Stephan (Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, Germany); Paul Hayne (UCLA, Los Angeles, California); Graham Vixie (University of Idaho, Moscow); Jean-Pierre Bibring, Giancarlo Bellucci Centre de l’Orme des Merisiers); Fabrizio Capaccioni, Priscilla Cerroni Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche, Rome, Italy); Angioletta Coradini (Centre de l’Orme des Merisiers); Dale P. Cruikshank (NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California); Pierre Drossart (Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, France); Vittorio Formisano (Centre de l’Orme des Merisiers); Yves Langevin (Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay, France); Dennis L. Matson (JPL); Phillip D. Nicholson USGS, Denver) and Bruno Sicardy (Observatoire de Paris, Meudon), Planetary and Space Science, Volume 57, Issues 14-15, December 2009, Pages 1950-1962

4) “Nature of the 2.8-µm window in Titan’s atmosphere and effects on detection of
surface reflectance characteristics,” P. Hayne (Bear Fight Center, Winthrop, Washington, and UCLA) and T. B. McCord (Bear Fight Center), European Planetary Science Congress Abstracts, Vol. 4, EPSC2009-173-1, 2009

5) “Analysis of a cryolava flow-like feature on Titan,” L. Le Corre, S. Le Mouélic (University of Nantes, France); C. Sotin (JPL); J.-P. Combe (Bear Fight Center, Winthrop, Washington); S. Rodriguez (CEA Orme des Merisiers, France); J.W. Barnes (University of Idaho, Moscow); R.H. Brown (University of Arizona, Tuscon); B.J. Buratti (JPL); R. Jaumann (DLR, Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, Germany); J. Soderblom (University of Arizona); L.A. Soderblom (U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Flagstaff, Arizona); R. Clark (USGS, Denver, Colorado); K.H. Baines (JPL) and P.D. Nicholson (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York), Planetary and Space Science, Volume 57, Issue 7, June 2009, Pages 870-879

6) “Saturn's Titan: Surface change, ammonia, and implications for atmospheric and tectonic activity,” R.M. Nelson, L.W. Kamp, D.L. Matson (JPL); P.G.J. Irwin (Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford, UK); K.H. Baines (JPL), M.D. Boryta (Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, California); F.E. Leader (JPL); R. Jaumann (Institute for Planetary Exploration, DLR, Berlin, Germany); W.D. Smythe (JPL), C. Sotin (University of Nantes, France); R.N. Clark (U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado) D.P. Cruikshank (NASA Ames Research Center Mountain View, California); P. Drossart (Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, France); J.C. Pearl (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland); B.W. Hapke (University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania); J. Lunine (University of Arizona); M. Combes (Observatoire de Paris, Paris, France); G. Bellucci (Istituto Astrofisica Spaziale Fisica Cosmica (IASF), Rome, Italy); J.-P. Bibring (Université de Paris, Sud-Orsay, Cedex, France); F. Capaccioni , P. Cerroni, A. Coradini, V. Formisano, G. Filacchione (IASF); R.Y. Langevin (Université de Paris, Sud-Orsay, Cedex, France); T.B. McCord (University of Washington); V. Mennella (Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy); P.D. Nicholson (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York) and B. Sicardy (Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, France), Icarus ,Volume 199, Issue 2, February 2009, Pages 429-441

-- Mary Beth Murrill, Cassini science communication coordinator

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