Titan becomes even more enigmatic

Titan becomes even more enigmatic

Thick, rigid crust of ice encases Saturn's largest moon, perplexing scientists

By Andrew Grant, 13:39 PM August 28, 2013

Fittingly, a world obscured by haze is very good at hiding secrets.

A new study suggests that Saturn’s moon Titan has a thick, rigid crust of ice, a finding that confounds scientists whose explanations for the moon’s dynamic surface and atmosphere rely on a flexible crust.

“Already things on Titan were hard to explain. This makes it even worse,” says study coauthor Doug Hemingway, a planetary geophysicist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “It deepens the mystery of a very strange bod...

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