Physics Colloquium, Jonathan Lunine, Cornell University. Refreshments at 3:30.
Abstract: The Cassini Saturn orbiter and Huygens probe have provided multiple lines of evidence for a subsurface liquid water ocean on Titan, and as well have discovered large bodies of liquid hydrocarbons on the surface of this largest Saturnian moon. I will explain the measurements, their interpretations and implications for Titan as a body worthy of further study, even in the search for the physico-chemical processes of how life began on Earth.
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