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Posted: 2006-July-25 at 3:34pm | IP Logged Quote chaos

NASA press release

Features have been spotted near Titan's north pole which look very like lakes with channels around them. They appear to be extremely smooth, which may mean they are filled with liquid.

Unfortunately for us artists, Titan's north pole is currently pointing away from the Sun, therefore is in the middle of a several-year-long dark period. It may be that Titan only gets cold enough to support liquids during such conditions.

Then again, we could always park a searchlight-equipped spacecraft down there I suppose...


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Posted: 2006-July-25 at 7:02pm | IP Logged Quote T-Max-C

I saw the pictures from the Cassini flyby on jpl.nasa.gov and the imagery (although fuzzy), is amazing.

Seems to be a chain of inter-connecting lakes, between 6-62 miles long according to information at the site. I'm hopeful that the imaging team will be able to resolve the rough photos and make them more discernable.

Wonder if there is any Titanian life swimming in those bodies of methane or ethane? What a find that would be!



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chaos syndrome wrote:

Unfortunately for us artists, Titan's north pole is currently pointing away from the Sun, therefore is in the middle of a several-year-long dark period.


Everything is relative, and darkness, too. For a catís eye the night is so bright as our day. So letís send cats to Titan!!!! ;-)


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