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Home This image was returned January 14, 2005 by the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe during its successful descent to Titan’s surface. This is the colored view that’s been processed to add reflection spectra data to give better indication of the actual color of Titan’s surface. (NASA/JPL/ESA/University of Arizona) This image was returned January 14, 2005 by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe during its successful descent to Titan's surface. This is the colored view that's been processed to add reflection spectra data to give better indication of the actual color of Titan's surface. (NASA/JPL/ESA/University of Arizona)

This image was returned January 14, 2005 by the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe during its successful descent to Titan’s surface. This is the colored view that’s been processed to add reflection spectra data to give better indication of the actual color of Titan’s surface. (NASA/JPL/ESA/University of Arizona)

This image was returned January 14, 2005 by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe during its successful descent to Titan's surface. This is the colored view that's been processed to add reflection spectra data to give better indication of the actual color of Titan's surface. (NASA/JPL/ESA/University of Arizona)

This image was returned January 14, 2005 by the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe during its successful descent to Titan’s surface. This is the colored view that’s been processed to add reflection spectra data to give better indication of the actual color of Titan’s surface. (NASA/JPL/ESA/University of Arizona)

These infrared images of Saturn’s moon Titan represent some of the clearest global views of the icy moon’s surface. The views were created using 13 years of data acquired by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer instrument onboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Nantes/University of Arizona)
Until now, cyclopropenylidene has been detected only in molecular clouds of gas and dust, such as the Taurus Molecular Cloud, which is a stellar nursery in the constellation Taurus more than 400 light years away. Recently, NASA Goddard scientist Conor Nixon, along with his team, found this unique molecule in Titan’s atmosphere; the first time it has been detected outside of a molecular cloud. (Conor Nixon/NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)