Video Transcript: News From Saturn
Greetings and welcome to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California.
My name is Douglas Equils, one of Cassini's Science Systems Engineers here with the latest from Saturn. On January 13th, Cassini flew by Saturn's largest moon, Titan, dipping into the atmosphere, flying over dunes and plateaus to discover this enormous crater, large enough to engulf the city of Los Angeles on This is 100 kilometer wide cater roughly 60-miles across, is only the 4th such crater to be discovered. This is important because it tells us that the surface of Titan is relatively young and is constantly being transformed by wind and rain.
The Infrared Camera on Cassini also captured this stunning image of a giant cloud over Titan's North Pole. This monster cloud is half the size of the United States. And scientists believe that this may be the source of the methane feeding the lake that we discovered late last year.
Cassini's cameras also captured ultraviolet bands of clouds whisked around Titan's Upper Atmosphere, even faster than Titan itself rotates.
Next up for Cassini on February 22 is a flyby of Titan where RADAR will criss-cross familiar terrain in an attempt to merge together what we've have learned about Titan's surface so far and possibly even discover new lakes.
Exciting things are on Saturn's horizon so stay tuned. This is Douglas Equils from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and that's the latest from Saturn.