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Concept Aquatic Rover May Explore a Lake On Titan 47

cylonlover writes "Titan is Saturn's largest moon, and it's said to be one of the most Earth-like celestial bodies in the Solar System. It has a thick atmosphere, and is covered with a network of seas, lakes and rivers – albeit ones made up of liquid hydrocarbons instead of water. Now, a team of scientists are proposing sending a boat-like probe to Titan, that would travel across its largest lake. The probe, which is still in the concept stage, is known as TALISE – that stands for Titan Lake In-situ Sampling Propelled Explorer, although it's also an Iroquois word for 'beautiful water.' The plan calls for it to land in the middle of Ligeia Mare, which is near the moon's north pole. It would then set out on a six-month to one-year mission, taking scientific measurements and obtaining samples as it makes its way to the closest shore."
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Concept Aquatic Rover May Explore a Lake On Titan

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  • Why... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 29, 2012 @08:06PM (#41502623)

    ... don't we have a rover on the bottom of our own planets oceans?

  • Boat-like? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by brisk0 ( 2644101 ) on Saturday September 29, 2012 @10:35PM (#41503347)
    I suppose not every goal is finding extra-terrestrial life, but I almost feel like this is missing the real opportunity on Titan. This is a planet with both lakes of hydrocarbons and volcanic activity, theoretically perfect for life (admittedly neglecting H_2O). Surely a submarine would be more useful than a boat? Wouldn't we rather explore the depths and try to find primitive life where it is most likely to be created (by my admittedly limited understanding of abiogenesis theories)?

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