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  • Task 3.3.1: Solubility of Organics in Simulated Titan Lake Solutions
    NAI 2013 NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Titan Annual Report

    Widespread lakes of liquid methane and ethane were discovered on Titan by the Cassini mission in 2006, which naturally motivates questions about the solubility of surface materials in the liquid. Our goal is to measure the solubilities of Titan surface and atmospheric species in cryogenic liquid hydrocarbons, in order to constrain the composition of the hydrocarbon lakes, and provide an understanding into the nature of erosion and sedimentation on Titan. To date, we have measured the solubilities of argon and krypton in liquid methane and ethane, and the solubilities of benzene, naphthalene, and biphenyl in liquid ethane. Relatively high organic solubilities suggest that liquid hydrocarbon based weathering and sorting of surface organics should be occurring on Titan.

    ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 1.1 2.2 3.1 3.2