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Monday, November 24, 2014

Saturn's Moon Titan Has Lakes... That Aren't Really Water... And One Is Named Kraken...

Titan's the name of a moon of Saturn, so it's pretty "titanic," if you get my drift.
It's also ice cold and would kill you, just like the boat.
BUT!! you'll have a great chance of enjoying watching THIS "titanic" video whether you're male OR female!

Video Credit: Cassini Radar Mapper, JPL, USGS, ESA, NASA
Explanation via NASA APOD: What would it look like to fly over Titan? Radar images from NASA's robotic Cassini satellite in orbit around Saturn have been digitally compiled to simulate such a flight. Cassini has swooped past Saturn's cloudiest moon several times since it arrived at the ringed planet in 2004. The virtual flight featured here shows numerous lakes colored black and mountainous terrain colored tan. Surface regions without detailed vertical information appear more flat, while sufficiently mapped regions have their heights digitally stretched. Among the basins visualized is Kraken Mare, Titan's largest lake which spans over 1,000 kilometers long.
Titan's lakes are different from Earth's lakes in that they are composed of hydrocarbons with similarities to liquid natural gas. How Titan's lakes were created and why they survive continues to be a topic of research.

Want to learn more about Titan? Let Me Google That For You :)



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