NASA’s Cassini mission has been exploring the Saturn system for the better part of eight years. In that time, much of the science has revolved around Titan, Saturn’s largest moon and the only natural satellite other than Earth that seems to maintain stable bodies of surface liquid. Recent images from Cassini now reveal that Titan may have more liquid than previously thought, especially around it’s equatorial zone where a large marsh-like methane lake was recently discovered.
Titan, which sits about 1.2 billion kilometers from Earth, is of great interest to scientists because it might resemble our own planet billions of years ago when it was in its primordial stages.
If James Cameron gets his asteroid mining project off the ground, other energy companies might quickly follow suit and explore other satellites in the solar system, including Titan. Could we see a company called “ExxonTitan” try to extract methane from the surface of the Saturnian moon sometime before 2100?