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Tuesday, 25 November 2008

To explore the surface of Titan, you should start on Chesil Beach

Three o’clock Sunday afternoon, we leave Milton Keynes with the car loaded up with equipment.

"We" are John Zarnecki, Professor of Space Science, and Karl Atkinson, PhD student, both from the OU’s Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute.

"The equipment" is an aluminium contraption about two and a half metres high, of tripod shape with a horizontal arm that can drop a sensor from various heights.

We are off to Chesil Beach, on the coast of Dorset. Why are two planetary scientists going to the Dorset coast?

Obviously, because Chesil Beach is like the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon!

READ MORE - Source: Open University - The Material World: On Chesil Beach 25th November 2008

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