Exploring Titan with Jason Soderblom

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Soderblom discusses what the Cassini mission taught scientists about the incredible geophysics of Saturn's largest moon and what the upcoming Dragonfly mission there will learn.

Listen to the interview at Spacepod

MIT EAPS research scientist Jason Soderblom talks with Carrie Nugent, planetary scientist and professor at Olin College, on her podcast Spacepod about incredible features and dynamics of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, as well as images and data the Cassini mission has been providing to scientists.

Soderblom says that this isn't the last scientists will see of Titan. This past summer, NASA approved a future mission called Dragonfly, of which he is a co-investigator, that will return to the moon. He leads the Surface/Subsurface Properties Working Group and is a member of Surface Composition Working Group. Soderblom also supports development and calibration of DragonCam (the suite of Dragonfly cameras) and will lead the development of the exploration strategy for Selk crater -- the impact crater on Titan that Dragonfly will explore in search of evidence of recent exposures of liquid water.

Story Image: Jason Soderblom discusses Titan, one of the largest moons in the solar system. He explains some of its geologic features, including dunes, probable cryovolcanos, and featureless plains that scientists nicknamed "the blandlands." He talks about about Dragonfly, a new NASA mission that will explore Titan's surface. (Credit: Johns Hopkins APL, Source)