Saturn moon Titan's "electric sand" would make super castles

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Electrified sands on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, may stick together due to static cling, potentially meaning that sand castles there would last for weeks, a new study finds...."At first glance, if you look at images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, Titan looks very Earth-like, with dunes, lakes, oceans, mountains and potentially volcanoes, and it has a dense, nitrogen-rich atmosphere like Earth’s,” said study lead author Joshua Méndez, a granular dynamicist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. “But once you start looking at the details, you realize that it is an alien and exciting world.” Mendez collaborated on the study with Professor Josef Dufek and graduate student George McDonald, all with the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. 

 

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College of Sciences, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Joshua Mendez, Josef Dufek, George McDonald, Titan, electric sands
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  • Created On: Apr 19, 2017 - 2:11pm
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