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

Feature | September 28, 2020

Introduction

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.

On this page:

Highlights

Videos & Animations

  • 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.

CASSINI


NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS)

Night Sky Network (NSN) Webinars

DRAGONFLY


NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS)

  • 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.

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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

Activities

  • Make a Planet Mask!

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

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    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.

Stories

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.

Articles

  • Learn why NASA is preparing to send the drone-like spacecraft Dragonfly to delve deeper into Titan, a world that has become one of the most important targets of solar system exploration.

  • NASA scientists identified a molecule in Titan’s atmosphere that has never been detected in any other atmosphere. In fact, many chemists have probably barely heard of it or know how to pronounce it: cyclopropenylidene, or C3H2. Scientists say that this simple carbon-based molecule may be a precursor to more complex compounds that could form or feed possible life on Titan.

Other Resources

  • 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