2010 Annual Science Report
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Titan Reporting | SEP 2009 – AUG 2010
Task 1.2 Interaction of Methane/ethane With Water Ice
The extent to which hydrocarbon liquids interact with the bedrock water ice sets the stage for reactions leading to the formation of prebiotic oxygen-containing organic compounds on the Titan surface.
Co-Investigator Christophe Sotin in collaboration with Postdoctoral Fellow Mathieu Choukroun and others pursued laboratory experiments aimed at investigating the interaction of hydrocarbons with water ice. Progresses involved the purchase of a new chamber to carry out laboratory experiments that simulate the interaction of liquid hydrocarbons with water ice (Figure 1).
PROJECT INVESTIGATORS:Christophe Sotin
PROJECT MEMBERS:Mathieu Choukroun
RELATED OBJECTIVES:Objective 1.1
Formation and evolution of habitable planets.
Outer Solar System exploration
Sources of prebiotic materials and catalysts
Origins and evolution of functional biomolecules
Origins of energy transduction