Thursday, 13 December 2012

Saturn's Moon Titan: Mini Nile River Found

Cassini Spots Mini Nile River On Saturn's Moon Titan

Dec. 12, 2012 — Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted what appears to be a miniature, extraterrestrial likeness of Earth's Nile River: a river valley on Saturn's moon Titan that stretches more than 200 miles (400 kilometers) from its "headwaters" to a large sea. It is the first time images have revealed a river system this vast and in such high resolution anywhere other than Earth.


This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a vast river system on Saturn's moon Titan. It is the first time images from space have revealed a river system so vast and in such high resolution anywhere other than Earth. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI)
Scientists deduce that the river, which is in Titan's north polar region, is filled with liquid hydrocarbons because it appears dark along its entire length in the high-resolution radar image, indicating a smooth surface.

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Sources: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, ScienceDaily.com .

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