Titan is moon of the planet Saturn, and it is the only moon scientists know to have an atmosphere around it. Underneath of the thick orange atmosphere, researchers believe that methane may flow into deep, cold lakes. This may be what Earth looked like many millions of years ago before life formed.
Here on Earth, deep down on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, scientists have discovered frozen sheets of Methane gas, much like the methane that may be on Titan. More incredibly, life flourishes in the form of microbes that feed off the frozen methane. If life can survive here, is there something similar living on Titan?
NASA has sent two satellites to study the moons of Mars. Though the Huygens, orbiting Titan since 2004, has never broken the atmosphere of the moon, it has taken a series of readings that allowed researchers to construct this digital simulation showing what it might be like to one day land on the surface of the moon. Visitors can quickly scroll through, pause or rewind using a special Spin-Browser©.