Monday, January 29, 2007

Interactive: Saturn's Titan Will Require Space Elevators Authentic NASA Toys and Replicas
Over at Planet Quest, NASA has developed a short, interactive tour that lets audiences know about Saturn's most mysterious moon, Titan.

What made this virtual tour interesting was the fact that according to NASA a single spark would be enough to engulf this moon in flames. This basically translates to the banning of rockets launching from the moon's surface, which requires an alternative method for transporting the methane off of Titan's surface.

It looks like LiftPort's and Black Line Ascension's great grand kids (assuming they will be running the space elevators future franchises) will be very busy in the distant future.

Note: To enjoy the virtual tour, simply click on the image below.

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  1. That video is absolutely mega-cool...

  2. An episode of the original 1970's GALACTICA visited a fuel planet where a small fire made the whole planet go kaboom! Maybe we shouldn't have laughed.

  3. This is wrong. The video says "if free oxygen were present." Free oxygen is *not* present, and if it were, Titan wouldn't be enveloped in methane. This is called a reducing atmosphere. You could theoretically fly around on Titan in jets powered by liquid oxygen, using the methane in the atmosphere as their fuel. Exactly the opposite of jets on Earth.


You can either visit the stars or watch them from afar.

But if you choose the former, you'll definitely get a better view.

~Darnell Clayton, 2007

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