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These two views of Saturn's moon Titan show the southern polar vortex, a huge, swirling cloud that was first observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2012.
These two views of Saturn's moon Titan show the southern polar vortex, a huge, swirling cloud that was first observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2012.

Spectral Map of Titan with Polar Vortex

These two views of Saturn's moon Titan show the southern polar vortex, a huge, swirling cloud that was first observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2012.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle, Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA18431
Added: 2014-10-01

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Spectral Map of Titan with Polar Vortex

These two views of Saturn's moon Titan show the southern polar vortex, a huge, swirling cloud that was first observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2012.

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These three images, created from NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, show the appearance and evolution of a mysterious feature in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan.
These three images, created from NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, show the appearance and evolution of a mysterious feature in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan.

Mysterious Changing Feature in Ligeia Mare

These three images, created from NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, show the appearance and evolution of a mysterious feature in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Radar Mapper
ID#: PIA18430
Added: 2014-09-29

Views: 467

Mysterious Changing Feature in Ligeia Mare

These three images, created from NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, show the appearance and evolution of a mysterious feature in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan.

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Scientists modeled how methane rainfall runoff would interact with the porous, icy crust of Saturn's moon Titan and found that a subsurface methane 'aquifer' might have its composition changed over time due to the formation of materials called clathrates.
Scientists modeled how methane rainfall runoff would interact with the porous, icy crust of Saturn's moon Titan and found that a subsurface methane 'aquifer' might have its composition changed over time due to the formation of materials called clathrates.

Titan's Subsurface Reservoirs (Artist's Concept)

Scientists modeled how methane rainfall runoff would interact with the porous, icy crust of Saturn's moon Titan and found that a subsurface methane 'aquifer' might have its composition changed over time due to the formation of materials called clathrates.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
ID#: PIA18417
Added: 2014-09-03

Views: 589

Titan's Subsurface Reservoirs (Artist's Concept)

Scientists modeled how methane rainfall runoff would interact with the porous, icy crust of Saturn's moon Titan and found that a subsurface methane 'aquifer' might have its composition changed over time due to the formation of materials called clathrates.

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As NASA's Cassini spacecraft sped away from Titan following a relatively close flyby, its cameras monitored the moon's northern polar region, capturing signs of renewed cloud activity.
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft sped away from Titan following a relatively close flyby, its cameras monitored the moon's northern polar region, capturing signs of renewed cloud activity.

Northern Clouds Return to Titan

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft sped away from Titan following a relatively close flyby, its cameras monitored the moon's northern polar region, capturing signs of renewed cloud activity.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA18421
Added: 2014-08-12

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Northern Clouds Return to Titan

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft sped away from Titan following a relatively close flyby, its cameras monitored the moon's northern polar region, capturing signs of renewed cloud activity.

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This frame from an animated sequence of NASA's Cassini images shows methane clouds moving above the large methane sea on Saturn's moon Titan known as Ligeia Mare.
This frame from an animated sequence of NASA's Cassini images shows methane clouds moving above the large methane sea on Saturn's moon Titan known as Ligeia Mare.

Clouds Over Ligeia Mare on Titan

This frame from an animated sequence of NASA's Cassini images shows methane clouds moving above the large methane sea on Saturn's moon Titan known as Ligeia Mare.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA18420
Added: 2014-08-12

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Clouds Over Ligeia Mare on Titan

This frame from an animated sequence of NASA's Cassini images shows methane clouds moving above the large methane sea on Saturn's moon Titan known as Ligeia Mare.

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Only a sharp and careful eye can make out the subtle variations in Titan's clouds when viewed in visible light by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This infrared image clearly reveals a band around the Titan's north pole.
Only a sharp and careful eye can make out the subtle variations in Titan's clouds when viewed in visible light by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This infrared image clearly reveals a band around the Titan's north pole.

Subtle Titan

Only a sharp and careful eye can make out the subtle variations in Titan's clouds when viewed in visible light by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This infrared image clearly reveals a band around the Titan's north pole.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17168
Added: 2014-06-23

Views: 554

Subtle Titan

Only a sharp and careful eye can make out the subtle variations in Titan's clouds when viewed in visible light by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This infrared image clearly reveals a band around the Titan's north pole.

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Titan's polar vortex stands illuminated where all else is in shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Titan's polar vortex stands illuminated where all else is in shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

High Vortex

Titan's polar vortex stands illuminated where all else is in shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17169
Added: 2014-06-02

Views: 640

High Vortex

Titan's polar vortex stands illuminated where all else is in shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Artist's rendering of NASA's Cassini spacecraft observing a sunset through Titan's hazy atmosphere.
Artist's rendering of NASA's Cassini spacecraft observing a sunset through Titan's hazy atmosphere.

Cassini Observes Sunsets on Titan (Artist's Rendering)

Artist's rendering of NASA's Cassini spacecraft observing a sunset through Titan's hazy atmosphere.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA18410
Added: 2014-05-27

Views: 1519

Cassini Observes Sunsets on Titan (Artist's Rendering)

Artist's rendering of NASA's Cassini spacecraft observing a sunset through Titan's hazy atmosphere.

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This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan. Titan's south polar vortex mimics the moon itself, creating an elegant crescent within a crescent.
This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan. Titan's south polar vortex mimics the moon itself, creating an elegant crescent within a crescent.

Titan's Crescents

This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan. Titan's south polar vortex mimics the moon itself, creating an elegant crescent within a crescent.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17163
Added: 2014-05-05

Views: 529

Titan's Crescents

This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan. Titan's south polar vortex mimics the moon itself, creating an elegant crescent within a crescent.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers down though layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan's northern regions. Titan has a hydrological cycle similar to Earth's, but instead of water, Titan's lakes and seas are filled with liquid methane and ethane.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers down though layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan's northern regions. Titan has a hydrological cycle similar to Earth's, but instead of water, Titan's lakes and seas are filled with liquid methane and ethane.

Looking Down on Lakes

NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers down though layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan's northern regions. Titan has a hydrological cycle similar to Earth's, but instead of water, Titan's lakes and seas are filled with liquid methane and ethane.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17159
Added: 2014-04-07

Views: 631

Looking Down on Lakes

NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers down though layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan's northern regions. Titan has a hydrological cycle similar to Earth's, but instead of water, Titan's lakes and seas are filled with liquid methane and ethane.

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This artist's concept shows a possible model of Titan's internal structure that incorporates data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. A model of Cassini is shown making a targeted flyby over Titan's cloudtops; Saturn and Enceladus appear at upper right.
This artist's concept shows a possible model of Titan's internal structure that incorporates data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. A model of Cassini is shown making a targeted flyby over Titan's cloudtops; Saturn and Enceladus appear at upper right.

Layers of Titan (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows a possible model of Titan's internal structure that incorporates data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. A model of Cassini is shown making a targeted flyby over Titan's cloudtops; Saturn and Enceladus appear at upper right.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
ID#: PIA14445
Added: 2014-03-15

Views: 537

Layers of Titan (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows a possible model of Titan's internal structure that incorporates data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. A model of Cassini is shown making a targeted flyby over Titan's cloudtops; Saturn and Enceladus appear at upper right.

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Titan's atmosphere puts on a display with the detached haze to the north (top of image) and the polar vortex to the south as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Titan's atmosphere puts on a display with the detached haze to the north (top of image) and the polar vortex to the south as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Titan's Polar Atmosphere

Titan's atmosphere puts on a display with the detached haze to the north (top of image) and the polar vortex to the south as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17151
Added: 2014-01-13

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Titan's Polar Atmosphere

Titan's atmosphere puts on a display with the detached haze to the north (top of image) and the polar vortex to the south as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks towards the dark side of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, capturing the blue halo caused by a haze layer that hovers high in the moon's atmosphere.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks towards the dark side of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, capturing the blue halo caused by a haze layer that hovers high in the moon's atmosphere.

The Halo

NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks towards the dark side of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, capturing the blue halo caused by a haze layer that hovers high in the moon's atmosphere.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17180
Added: 2013-12-23

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The Halo

NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks towards the dark side of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, capturing the blue halo caused by a haze layer that hovers high in the moon's atmosphere.

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Using a special spectral filter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This image features the largest seas and some of the many hydrocarbon lakes that are present on Titan's surface.
Using a special spectral filter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This image features the largest seas and some of the many hydrocarbon lakes that are present on Titan's surface.

Lakes Through the Haze

Using a special spectral filter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This image features the largest seas and some of the many hydrocarbon lakes that are present on Titan's surface.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17179
Added: 2013-12-23

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Lakes Through the Haze

Using a special spectral filter, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This image features the largest seas and some of the many hydrocarbon lakes that are present on Titan's surface.

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Slipping into shadow, the south polar vortex at Saturn's moon Titan still stands out against the orange and blue haze layers that are characteristic of Titan's atmosphere. Images like this, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Slipping into shadow, the south polar vortex at Saturn's moon Titan still stands out against the orange and blue haze layers that are characteristic of Titan's atmosphere. Images like this, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Dusk in the South

Slipping into shadow, the south polar vortex at Saturn's moon Titan still stands out against the orange and blue haze layers that are characteristic of Titan's atmosphere. Images like this, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17177
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 2337

Dusk in the South

Slipping into shadow, the south polar vortex at Saturn's moon Titan still stands out against the orange and blue haze layers that are characteristic of Titan's atmosphere. Images like this, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Saturn's largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appear to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appear to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Fire and Ice

Saturn's largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appear to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17174
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 3463

Fire and Ice

Saturn's largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appear to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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This frame from a colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.
This frame from a colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.

Flying over an Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes

This frame from a colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Radar Mapper
ID#: PIA17656
Added: 2013-12-12

Views: 1338

Flying over an Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes

This frame from a colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.

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This colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows the most complete view yet of Titan's northern land of lakes and seas. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.
This colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows the most complete view yet of Titan's northern land of lakes and seas. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.

Titan's North

This colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows the most complete view yet of Titan's northern land of lakes and seas. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Radar Mapper
ID#: PIA17655
Added: 2013-12-12

Views: 4485

Titan's North

This colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows the most complete view yet of Titan's northern land of lakes and seas. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.

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The sunlit edge of Titan's south polar vortex stands out distinctly against the darkness of the moon's unilluminated hazy atmosphere as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The sunlit edge of Titan's south polar vortex stands out distinctly against the darkness of the moon's unilluminated hazy atmosphere as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Bright Vortex

The sunlit edge of Titan's south polar vortex stands out distinctly against the darkness of the moon's unilluminated hazy atmosphere as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17139
Added: 2013-12-02

Views: 2904

Bright Vortex

The sunlit edge of Titan's south polar vortex stands out distinctly against the darkness of the moon's unilluminated hazy atmosphere as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft uses special infrared glasses to peer through Titan's haze and monitor its surface inequatorial region dubbed 'Senkyo.' The dark features are believed to be vast dunes of hydrocarbon particles.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft uses special infrared glasses to peer through Titan's haze and monitor its surface inequatorial region dubbed 'Senkyo.' The dark features are believed to be vast dunes of hydrocarbon particles.

Senkyo Through the Clouds

NASA's Cassini spacecraft uses special infrared glasses to peer through Titan's haze and monitor its surface inequatorial region dubbed 'Senkyo.' The dark features are believed to be vast dunes of hydrocarbon particles.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17134
Added: 2013-10-28

Views: 1085

Senkyo Through the Clouds

NASA's Cassini spacecraft uses special infrared glasses to peer through Titan's haze and monitor its surface inequatorial region dubbed 'Senkyo.' The dark features are believed to be vast dunes of hydrocarbon particles.

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The vast hydrocarbon seas and lakes (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan sprawl out beneath the watchful eye of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Scientists are studying images like these for clues about how Titan's hydrocarbon lakes formed.
The vast hydrocarbon seas and lakes (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan sprawl out beneath the watchful eye of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Scientists are studying images like these for clues about how Titan's hydrocarbon lakes formed.

Bird's Eye View of the Land of Lakes

The vast hydrocarbon seas and lakes (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan sprawl out beneath the watchful eye of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Scientists are studying images like these for clues about how Titan's hydrocarbon lakes formed.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA17473
Added: 2013-10-23

Views: 1501

Bird's Eye View of the Land of Lakes

The vast hydrocarbon seas and lakes (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan sprawl out beneath the watchful eye of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Scientists are studying images like these for clues about how Titan's hydrocarbon lakes formed.

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Almost all of the hydrocarbon seas and lakes on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan cluster around the north pole, as can be seen in this mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission.
Almost all of the hydrocarbon seas and lakes on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan cluster around the north pole, as can be seen in this mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission.

Titan's North: The Big Picture

Almost all of the hydrocarbon seas and lakes on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan cluster around the north pole, as can be seen in this mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA17472
Added: 2013-10-23

Views: 1979

Titan's North: The Big Picture

Almost all of the hydrocarbon seas and lakes on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan cluster around the north pole, as can be seen in this mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission.

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Ultracold hydrocarbon lakes and seas (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan can be seen embedded in some kind of bright surface material in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission.
Ultracold hydrocarbon lakes and seas (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan can be seen embedded in some kind of bright surface material in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission.

Dark Lakes on a Bright Landscape

Ultracold hydrocarbon lakes and seas (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan can be seen embedded in some kind of bright surface material in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA17471
Added: 2013-10-23

Views: 1297

Dark Lakes on a Bright Landscape

Ultracold hydrocarbon lakes and seas (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan can be seen embedded in some kind of bright surface material in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission.

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This false-color mosaic, made from infrared data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, reveals the differences in the composition of surface materials around hydrocarbon lakes at Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
This false-color mosaic, made from infrared data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, reveals the differences in the composition of surface materials around hydrocarbon lakes at Titan, Saturn's largest moon.

Titan's Northern Lakes: Salt Flats?

This false-color mosaic, made from infrared data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, reveals the differences in the composition of surface materials around hydrocarbon lakes at Titan, Saturn's largest moon.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA17470
Added: 2013-10-23

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Titan's Northern Lakes: Salt Flats?

This false-color mosaic, made from infrared data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, reveals the differences in the composition of surface materials around hydrocarbon lakes at Titan, Saturn's largest moon.

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Titan's polar collar, previously seen by Voyager 2 and the Hubble Space Telescope, has now been observed by the Cassini spacecraft, seen here in ultraviolet light. The collar is believed to be seasonal in nature.
Titan's polar collar, previously seen by Voyager 2 and the Hubble Space Telescope, has now been observed by the Cassini spacecraft, seen here in ultraviolet light. The collar is believed to be seasonal in nature.

Titan's Fancy Collar

Titan's polar collar, previously seen by Voyager 2 and the Hubble Space Telescope, has now been observed by the Cassini spacecraft, seen here in ultraviolet light. The collar is believed to be seasonal in nature.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17124
Added: 2013-08-26

Views: 1343

Titan's Fancy Collar

Titan's polar collar, previously seen by Voyager 2 and the Hubble Space Telescope, has now been observed by the Cassini spacecraft, seen here in ultraviolet light. The collar is believed to be seasonal in nature.

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