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Titan's nitrogenesis

Observations from the Cassini–Huygens mission have produced potentially contradictory constraints on the origin of Titan's atmosphere. Experiments and a simple model demonstrate that a new mechanism for late formation is plausible.

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Figure 1: Titan's airless cousin, Tethys, seen through the haze layers in Titan's upper atmosphere.

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Neish, C. Titan's nitrogenesis. Nature Geosci 4, 356–357 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo1162

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