6 July 2004

Cassini and Titan

Cassini's been taking some keen pictures of Titan. Although it won't drop the Huygens probe into Titan's atmosphere until X-mas of this year, it's been gathering a lot of information. Last time I checked, it was taking pictures of Phoebe and only getting distant, blurry images of Titan.

The photos they've taken have provided them with surprising data. The image above shows the methane clouds at the south pole. With infrared cameras, they've found regions of relatively pure water ice and brighter regions with a much higher amount of non-ice materials, such as simple hydrocarbons and linear features, circular features, curvilinear features [that] suggest geologic activity.

[ posted by sstrader on 6 July 2004 at 11:50:39 AM in Science & Technology ]