© 2010

Titan from Cassini-Huygens

  • Robert H. Brown
  • Jean-Pierre Lebreton
  • J. Hunter Waite

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Robert H. Brown, Jean-Pierre Lebreton, J. Hunter Waite
    Pages 1-7
  3. Athena Coustenis, Emmanuel Lellouch, Bruno Sicardy, Henry Roe
    Pages 9-34
  4. Jonathan Lunine, Mathieu Choukroun, David Stevenson, Gabriel Tobie
    Pages 35-59
  5. Christophe Sotin, Giuseppe Mitri, Nicole Rappaport, Gerald Schubert, David Stevenson
    Pages 61-73
  6. Ralf Jaumann, Randolph L. Kirk, Ralph D. Lorenz, Rosaly M.C. Lopes, Ellen Stofan, Elizabeth P. Turtle et al.
    Pages 75-140
  7. L. A. Soderblom, J. W. Barnes, R. H. Brown, R. N. Clark, M. A. Janssen, T. B. McCord et al.
    Pages 141-175
  8. Sushil K. Atreya, Ralph D. Lorenz, J. Hunter Waite
    Pages 177-199
  9. J. H. Waite Jr., D. T. Young, J. H. Westlake, J. I. Lunine, C. P. McKay, W. S. Lewis
    Pages 201-214
  10. F Raulin, C McKay, J Lunine, T Owen
    Pages 215-233
  11. Darrell F. Strobel, Sushil K. Atreya, Bruno Bézard, Francesca Ferri, F. Michael Flasar, Marcello Fulchignoni et al.
    Pages 235-257
  12. T. E. Cravens, R. V. Yelle, J. -E. Wahlund, D. E. Shemansky, A. F. Nagy
    Pages 259-295
  13. Martin G. Tomasko, Robert A. West
    Pages 297-321
  14. F. M. Flasar, K. H. Baines, M. K. Bird, T. Tokano, R. A. West
    Pages 323-352
  15. Ralph D. Lorenz, Michael E. Brown, F. Michael Flasar
    Pages 353-372
  16. R. E. Johnson, O. J. Tucker, M. Michael, E. C. Sittler, H. T. Smith, D. T. Young et al.
    Pages 373-391
  17. Edward C. Sittler, R. E. Hartle, Cesar Bertucci, Andrew Coates, Thomas Cravens, Iannis Dandouras et al.
    Pages 393-453
  18. C. J. Hansen, J. H. Waite, S. J. Bolton
    Pages 455-477
  19. Michele K. Dougherty, Athena Coustenis, Ralph D. Lorenz
    Pages 479-488
  20. Katrin Stephan, Ralf Jaumann, Erich Karkoschka, Randolph L. Kirk, Jason W. Barnes, Martin G. Tomasko et al.
    Pages 489-510

About this book


This book reviews our current knowledge of Saturn's largest moon Titan featuring the latest results obtained by the Cassini-Huygens mission. A global author team addresses Titan’s origin and evolution, internal structure, surface geology, the atmosphere and ionosphere as well as magnetospheric interactions. The book closes with an outlook beyond the Cassini-Huygens mission. Colorfully illustrated, this book will serve as a reference to researchers as well as an introduction for students.


Cassini-Huygens Mission Cassini-Huygens Results Saturn Titan aerosol astrobiology dynamics evolution geology ionosphere magnetosphere meteorology moon nitrogen the origin

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert H. Brown
    • 1
  • Jean-Pierre Lebreton
    • 2
  • J. Hunter Waite
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.ESA Space Science, Astrophysics DivisionESTECNoordwijkNetherlands
  3. 3.Space Research DivisionSouthwest Research Institute (SWRI)San AntonioUSA

About the editors

Robert Brown, of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, is the Team Leader for Cassini's Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). Dr. Brown is  Professor of Planetary Sciences. His research interests center on observational, theoretical, and laboratory studies of planetary surfaces and surface processes. Of particular interest in his research are Titan and the rest of Saturn's icy moons.

Jean-Pierre Lebreton is the ESA Project Scientist and Mission Manager for the Huygens mission. His particular speciality is planetary science, studying plasma physics.
Dr. Lebreton is also in the ESA team working on the Rosetta mission and, in particular, he is involved with the Plasma Consortium Experiment. He led the divisional activities on the Tethered Satellite System.

Jack Hunter Waite is a planetary scientist specializing in the application of mass spectrometry to the study of solar system biogeochemistry and aeronomy. He is involved in research projects in ion/neutral mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, biogeochemistry, thermospheric modeling, and planetary astronomy. Dr. Waite is the Team Leader for the Cassini Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer investigation, co-investigator and lead SwRI hardware manager for the Rosetta/Rosina Reflectron Time-of-Flight, principal investigator for the development of a Jupiter Thermosphere-Ionosphere General Circulation Model, a co-investigator in planetary observing programs with Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Chandra, and the Canada France Hawaii Telescope and leads a major effort for the development of analytical techniques for use in the study of planetary biogeochemistry funded by NASA JPL and the NASA ASTID programs.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“The chapters, written by experts in the field, progress from an overview of what was known about Titan prior to this space mission to an in-depth look at Titan’s formation … . Each chapter is well illustrated, and the use of color photos is a significant asset. … the overall book is compelling and comprehensive. This very detailed compendium will likely become a primary source for Titan and a must have for any planetary scientist professional. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (R. A. Kolvoord, Choice, Vol. 47 (10), June, 2010)

“This book could be used in a variety of ways as the overview at the beginning of the book describes the main results for Titan … . has an excellent flow and is written in ‘plain’ English with many colour illustrations … . should be on the shelf of any Titan enthusiast who is looking for a book that brings together the majority of knowledge about Titan to date.” (Lucy Norman, Astrobiology Society of Britain, February, 2010)