Cassini Spacecraft Reveals Clues About Saturn Moon



Published on 17 December 2013

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Cassini Spacecraft Reveals Clues About Saturn Moon
Cassini Spacecraft Reveals Clues About Saturn Moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is providing scientists with key clues about Saturn’s moon Titan and, in particular, its hydrocarbon lakes and seas.

Titan is one of the most Earth-like places in the solar system, and the only place other than Earth that has stable liquid on its surface.

Cassini’s recent close flybys are bringing into sharper focus a region in Titan’s northern hemisphere that sparkles with almost all of the moon’s seas and lakes. Scientists working with the spacecraft’s radar instrument have put together the most detailed multi-image mosaic of that region to date. The image (above, in a colorized mosaic) includes all the seas and most of the major lakes.

“Learning about surface features like lakes and seas helps us to understand how Titan’s liquids, solids and gases interact to make it so Earth-like,” said Steve Wall, acting radar team lead at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “While these two worlds aren’t exactly the same, it shows us more and more Earth-like processes as we get new views.”

For more on investigations into Titan, see this NASA press release.




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Posted 2013-12-17 17:30:00