From the September 2007 issue

Titan: the new Earth?

Images from orbit highlight striking similarities between Earth and Titan.
By | Published: September 24, 2007 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
On the surface, Earth and Titan seem to share little kinship. Titan is 40 percent of Earth’s diameter. It’s colder, with temperatures plunging to –291° Fahrenheit (–180° Celsius). And, of course, it’s a moon, not a planet. However, on a more fundamental level, Earth and Titan show important similarities. Titan mimics many terrestrial processes and landforms common on Earth.