NASA Plans To Launch A Submarine Into Space To Study Titan Moon

March 15, 2018
Written By: Walda Woods

As far as modern space exploration goes, it doesn’t get much more exciting than this. NASA has decided that space probes and satellites are behind-the-times. They’re jazzing up the stakes and actually contemplating sending a submarine into space.

Good glory be, I thought I had seen everything when Elon Musk recently sent his custom sports car propelling into outer space on a billion year orbit.

In 2005, NASA’s Cassini space probe landed on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon (diameter: 3,200 miles, about half the size of Earth). While there, it located a massive body of liquid now named Kraken Mare.

Astrophysicists are overwhelmed with the excitement of further examination of this anomaly. Researchers have begun an aggressive plan to build a type of underwater craft that could execute detailed inspections and experiments of the inner depths of Titan. NASA has put together a sort of visionary design for this submarine and given it a launch ETA of approximately twenty years. A trial-testing chamber has been built by the University of Washington, which will be able to replicate the powerfully cold conditions the vessel would face in the Kraken Sea.

If this bold mission is indeed attained, it will serve as a cutting-edge platform for some thrilling discoveries of other worldly lifeforms.

To get you on board with this phenomenal event, here are just a few curious details about Titan moon:

Top Five Extraordinary Facts About Titan

5) Titan’s Name

This moon of Saturn was named Titan by an astronomer, John Herschel.

It was named after the mythological Greek gods, the Titans, who were between the primordial gods and Olympians.

Clash of the Titans, anyone?

4) Lakes and Rivers –

Aside from the earth, Titan is the only other world made up of liquid (that we know of). This liquid is actually liquid methane, or methane water.

Because this infamous moon’s lakes and rivers are made up of toxic and lethal levels of methane and ethane, any possibility of life would probably not be at all like the lifeforms we know of here on earth. In fact, life on Titan would most likely be microscopic, with the ability to survive frigidly cold temperatures.

This in itself is exciting. To know that there are other forms of life in the universe is incredibly appealing.


3) Volcanoes –

They are most likely cryo-volcanoes (extreme cold), built from hydocarbon ices beneath the surface.

Eruptions are probably the reason for the copious amounts of methane on Titan.

One of these arched structures measures nineteen miles in diameter!


2) Absence of Magnetic Field –

Although Titan has no magnetic field, extensive research done back in 2008 showed that Titan does retain small fragments of Saturn's magnetic field.

This happens on those rare occasions when it cruises just clear of Saturn's “magnetosphere” and is smack-dab in the mainstream of the solar wind.

Keep in mind that if this magnetic retention didn’t occur, Titan’s atmosphere would be catastrophically bombarded by a stream of deadly particles.

1) Titan’s Atmosphere –

Made up of approximately 90% nitrogen and 10% other intricate particles, such as methane. Methane in the atmosphere creates a greenhouse effect on Titan's outer crust. Without this process, Titan would be far colder.

The outer temperature is around minus 290 degrees Fahrenheit. On earth, this would cause water to turn as hard as rocks, which is why methane on Titan can be found in liquid form. As a comparable example, earth’s atmosphere is made up of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and 1% carbon dioxide and argon.

Keep in mind that if this magnetic retention didn’t occur, Titan’s atmosphere would be catastrophically bombarded by a stream of deadly particles.And… jet packs not needed! Due to its heavy atmosphere, low gravity field (even less than earth’s moon) and modest surface pressure (50% of earth’s), it’s more than possible that you could literally fly.

One More Quick Kicker About Titan

Made up of approximately 90% nitrogen and 10% other intricate particles, such as methane. Methane in the atmosphere creates a greenhouse effect on Titan's outer crust. Without this process, Titan would be far colder.

The outer temperature is around minus 290 degrees Fahrenheit. On earth, this would cause water to turn as hard as rocks, which is why methane on Titan can be found in liquid form. As a comparable example, earth’s atmosphere is made up of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and 1% carbon dioxide and argon.

Keep in mind that if this magnetic retention didn’t occur, Titan’s atmosphere would be catastrophically bombarded by a stream of deadly particles.And… jet packs not needed! Due to its heavy atmosphere, low gravity field (even less than earth’s moon) and modest surface pressure (50% of earth’s), it’s more than possible that you could literally fly.

Yeppers – just by slapping on some homemade wings and fluttering about, you could fly the friendly skies of Titan to your heart’s content and never get worked up about road rage again.


To sum up, this is all great stuff.

Seems like we earthlings are diving head-first into the whole space exploration thing.

With Elon Musk’s epic launch a few weeks ago………and now there’s real talk about sending a submarine up there.

Sports cars and submarines getting blown into outer space.

What next?

Cirque du Soleil in orbit?

Oh yeah.

Walda Woods


Walda Woods spent many years in the corporate world as a mid-level executive in the telecommunications and deregulated energy arenas. She now spends her time as a freelance writer and editor. Originally from Boston, MA, she currently lives in Topeka, KS to be near her family. Her unique blend of personality, humor and values is sprinkled throughout her writings and keeps her audiences coming back for more.

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