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Monday Science Seminar
The Chemical Quandaries of Titan’s Atmosphere (and How We Can Solve Them)
Date: Monday, April 19th
Time: 12:00 pm
Speaker: Erin Flowers, Princeton University
Abstract: Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, has one of the most robust atmospheres of any terrestrial body in the solar system. Its very existence came as a surprise Gerard Kuiper when he first detected it in 1944. Since then various studies, most famously the Cassini-Huygens mission, have worked to characterize this atmosphere - its formation, physical properties, and chemical composition. These studies have revealed several anomalies that have yet to be solved, such as the detached haze layers, a mysterious over abundance of molecular hydrogen, and an even more confounding downward flow of molecular hydrogen towards its surface. I’ll be discussing some of the channels I’m pursuing to try to explain these anomalies, and what it can indicate if none of them are correct.
Host: Melinda Soares-Furtado
Presentation: Monday_Science_Seminar.pdf
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