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Lecture Announcement- MIT Research Scientist Jason Soderblom – The seas of Titan

Jason Soderblom

Dr. Jason Soderblom – MIT Research Scientist


I am a research scientist interested in deciphering the composition, operative geologic processes, and evolutionary history of planets and satellites. I study the geological, physical, and photometric properties of planetary surfaces and atmospheres. My work includes the analysis of visible and near infrared observations from imaging spectrometers and multispectral imaging systems. Thus far, my research has focused on the investigation of the Moon, Mars, and outer planet satellites, in particular, Titan, though my interests include other terrestrial planets, satellites, and small bodies.

I have also been heavily involved in the design, development, and implementation of planetary exploration missions. I am particularly interested in novel approaches for the development of visible and near infrared cameras and imaging spectrometers and in research into advanced technologies that enable such instruments.

Lecture topic

The seas of Titan
Hidden beneath a thick atmosphere, Titan’s surface remained a mystery throughout the 20th century.  It was not until the Cassini-Huygens Mission arrived at Saturn nearly a decade ago and began investigating the Saturnian system, did we begin to appreciate the beauty and complexity of this world.  Among the most captivating revelations has been the discovery of an active hydrological cycle in which methane (and ethane) rains onto the surface, carving streams and rivers, feeding hydrocarbon lakes and seas, and eventually, evaporating back into the atmosphere or being sequestered in clathrates. Titan’s lakes seas hold clues to understanding the origin and evolution of its atmosphere, and provide insight into the processes that physically and chemically process organics on Titan. Using Cassini data, we continue to study Titan’s lakes and seas, learning about this moon’s history and preparing for future missions to continue our exploration.

Lecture Date/Time

Saturday April 22nd 7:30pm

The public is welcome!

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