WSU Astrobiology Seminar Series 2006/7 Academic Year

Thursday, January 25, 4:10-5:00 p.m, Webster 17
(Treats served before the talk outside room 17)

Jonathan Lunine

The Source of Titan's Methane


A fundamental question about Saturn's moon Titan is where did the methane originate and how is it supplied over time to the surface. I'll review the evidence from the Cassini-Huygens mission to come up with a model that suggests several catastrophic episodes over Titan's history have released methane from the interior.