Titan and Saturn share a hazy appearance in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, though Saturn is a gas giant with no solid surface to speak of, and Titan's atmosphere is a blanket surrounding an icy, solid body.

Saturn and Titan Resources

By Staci L. Tiedeken, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Feature | September 14, 2022


This page showcases our resources for those interested in learning more about Saturn and Titan. It includes activities that can be done at home as well as videos, animations, stories, and articles.



Videos & Animations

Videos & Animations

  • Since their discovery by NASA's Voyager Mission in the 1980s, temporary "spoke" features across Saturn's rings have fascinated scientists, yet eluded explanation. Learn more about these features in this video.

  • Learn about how Saturn’s moon, Titan, is expanding our understanding of the chemical complexity of the solar system and the potential for life in the universe.

  • Earth is not the only place in the solar system with rain, rivers, lakes, and seas. Saturn’s moon Titan has them, too – not of water, but of liquid methane and ethane. This Earth-like world even hides an ocean of liquid water deep beneath its surface! Find out what you need to know about Titan.


  • In May 2022, engineers from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory returned to Imperial Dunes, California, to send a test model of Dragonfly through the skies to collect additional data that will help them develop guidance, control, and navigation algorithms for the actual Dragonfly spacecraft.

  • Learn about the Dragonfly mission to Titan: how we’ll get there, what we’ll do there, and how it could teach us about the building blocks of life, in this video.

  • Before the actual Dragonfly soars over the organic dunes of Titan, discover how the team developing the NASA rotorcraft lander at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory is testing the concept by sending instrumented models over the sands of Earth’s deserts.

  • Dragonfly is a NASA mission to explore the chemistry and habitability of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Dragonfly will send an autonomously operated rotorcraft to visit dozens of sites on Titan, investigating the moon’s surface and shallow subsurface for organic molecules and possible biosignatures. Explore these animations to learn more about Dragonfly and its various instruments.

  • Discover how Dragonfly’s suite of science instruments will investigate the chemistry and habitability of Titan.

  • Experience Dragonfly, NASA’s revolutionary new mission to Titan, in this video trailer.

  • Search this gallery for videos, animations, images, and illustrations of the Dragonfly mission to Titan.




  • Make a Planet Mask!

    Learn about the planets in our solar system, and make your very own wearable planet mask.

  • Cassini Paper Spacecraft Model

    Make your very own paper model of the Cassini spacecraft!

  • Exploring the Universe: Ice Orbs

    Learn how NASA planetary scientists are probing ocean worlds in the outer solar system, searching for evidence of liquid water and possible signs of life beneath the icy surface. Put what you learn into practice by investigating a frozen sphere using various tools to learn about objects hidden inside.

    This activity can be adapted to include other tools and probes, whatever you may already have on-hand.

    Note: This activity is also available in Spanish.

  • Make a CD Saturn

    You can make a neat model of the planet Saturn and its rings using some common craft materials.

  • 3D Models



10 Things: Unsolved Mysteries of Saturn’s Moons

On March 13, 2006 Cassini's narrow-angle camera captured this look at Saturn and its rings, seen here nearly edge on. The frame also features Mimas and tiny Janus (above the rings), and Tethys (below the rings).

Saturn boasts a collection of 62 exotic moons, and while we’ve learned some amazing things about these moons, there are many open questions about them and what they can teach us about the evolution of the solar system. This article describes just ten of the many mysteries that scientists are currently working to solve.

Titan and Astrobiology

image of Titan

Did you know that Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, is considered to be an “ocean world” and that it has the potential to harbor life?

Titan is believed to have a salty subsurface ocean – as salty as the Dead Sea on Earth – beginning about 30 miles (50 kilometers) below its ice shell. It is possible that Titan’s ocean is thin and sandwiched between layers of ice or that it is thick and extends all the way down to the moon’s rocky interior.

Titan is expanding our understanding of the chemical complexity of the solar system and the potential for life in the universe. The Dragonfly mission (a rover-size drone-like vehicle) will take advantage of the moon’s environment (thick atmosphere and low surface gravity) to sample materials and determine the surface composition in dozens of locations across the icy world. Dragonfly is scheduled to launch in June of 2027 and arrive at Titan by 2034.


Other Resources

Other Resources

  • Check out this blog from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope that highlights Webb’s first near-infrared observations of Saturn, and the science we are learning from them.

  • Saturn Poster A
    NASA’s Solar System Poster Series

    Download and print the Saturn-related installments of NASA’s solar system poster series.

  • Search this gallery for a variety of Cassini-related videos, images, graphics, and posters.

  • A 3D environment full of real NASA mission data. Hop on an asteroid, fly with NASA spacecraft, see the entire solar system moving in real-time, and more. You control space and time.

  • Close up image of Enceladus surface
    NASA’s Solar System Treks

    The Solar System Treks are online, browser-based portals that allow you to visualize, explore, and analyze the surfaces of other worlds using real data returned from a growing fleet of spacecraft. You can view the worlds through the eyes of many different instruments, pilot real-time 3D flyovers above mountains and into craters, and conduct measurements of surface features.

  • This NASA e-Book celebrates Saturn as seen through the eyes of the Cassini spacecraft.

NASA JPL Photojournal Highlights