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Giant Lake on Titan
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This view of Titan taken on February 25, 2007 reveals a giant lake feature in Titan's North Polar Region. It is approximately 1,100 km (680 miles) long and has a surface area slightly smaller than that of Earth's largest lake, the Caspian Sea.


The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: February 27, 2007 (PIA 08363, 08364)
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  Giant Lake on Titan
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Giant Lake on Titan
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Alliance Member Comments
ANAKA HURAKAN (Oct 12, 2007 at 11:49 PM):
TO ANY AND ALL GREETINGS I AM HURAKAN AND YOU ARE NOT FROMTHIS PLANET EARTH ANYMORE THAN I..HURAKAN THE ALLMIGHTY WIND THE HEART OF HEVEN WE SHALL ATTEMPT ONCE MORE TO STABLIZE THE HUMAN RACE TO STOP THE GENOCIDE IN PROGRESS ALL AROUND THIS SPHERE YOU CALL EARTH YOUR HOME, YOU ARE INVADERS.THE EARTH IS ALIVE AND WELL AS ARE YOU SO TOO AM I AN ALIEN ON AND ALIEN WORLD , THIS IS NOT WHERE PROJECT SETTI EXPECTED TO HEAR FROM EXTERRISTIAL INTELLIGENCE ON EARTH ITSELF...
ngunn (Mar 20, 2007 at 7:08 AM):
All the recent revelations about Titan's polar regions prompts me to ask whether you have considered publishing versions of your mosaic maps in polar (stereographic?) hemisphere format? I see something has been done for the 'interesting' part of Enceladus. How about a Titan Southern Hemisphere one?
Moonsister (Mar 15, 2007 at 7:38 PM):
The images of Titan's lakes,seas are amazing! Don't know if they are posted on CYCLOPS,yet..I am posting this here as I watch the color images on NASA tv and want the rest of you to know they are everything you'd expect from Cassini and more! Thanks for the 'stunningness' of it all.
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Mar 15, 2007 at 8:25 AM):
Planetfall .... Patience, patience. Any day now.
planetfall (Mar 14, 2007 at 7:07 AM):
Had anyone asked, I would have ponied up for color film before the expedition launched, c'mon guys...
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Mar 12, 2007 at 10:12 AM):
Ph.... Though there was a time when Voyager first flew by Titan that it was believed there might be liquid nitrogen on the surface (and I can tell you that on that day I felt like I was in the middle of a science fiction movie), we now know the conditions aren't right for nitrogen to be liquid. However, you are right to be skeptical about liquids on the surface, because the definitive evidence -- sighting of a specular reflection -- has not been observed yet. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to see a specular reflection at the poles, so it's not clear we'll be in the right geometry to see such a thing from the `lakes and seas' near the poles.
djbarney (Mar 7, 2007 at 7:55 PM):
What is it about Titan ? Mars is just strange. Europa holds mysteries. The other planets have their own grandeur. But Titan seems to illicit feelings of a real "Strange New World" in our solar system. Maybe it's the realisation that one day we will find a "strange new world" OUT THERE, in the back of our minds, that makes Titan so compelling. [Moves to science station].

DJBarney
Ph (Mar 7, 2007 at 5:05 AM):
With all respect, am still not convinced that Titan has lakes of liqid Methaan-ethaan....even when i found posible the source of that methaan *Vulcanic* (i goted the message that time Mis Carolyn)

I perferm more lakes of liqid nitrogen then i do methaan.
If you see the temps on Titan, between minus 165 c and minus 195 c, in this case liqid nitrogen and methaan are both posible.
Kevin S. Moore (Mar 3, 2007 at 6:54 PM):
I hope the treat is icecream! ( Just Kidding but.. ) Then again just what is that?
Huh? Mystery of the lakes.. if that is what it really is.. ?


Kevin.. 2nd shift no doubt that there is a lot of it on Titian.. what do you
think? Go Cassini..!!!
ugordan (Mar 2, 2007 at 3:17 AM):
Hmmm, interesting... Overlap with RADAR perhaps?
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Mar 1, 2007 at 3:53 PM):
Folks....you all are in for a treat. There's more to come on this story, perhaps next week. Stay tuned.
DEChengst (Mar 1, 2007 at 1:23 PM):
@Jules

Yep, that's what I was thinking of. Seeing the the lake slowly shrinking, clouds forming, clouds getting transported and perhaps even see a new lake being filled somewhere on the southern hemisphere. I'm afraid we'll need the extended-extended mission for that though :/

I just love active worlds like Titan, Io and Europa :)
Red_dragon (Mar 1, 2007 at 7:11 AM):
A nice target for Cassini's RADAR, assuming it has not surveyed the zone yet.
Red_dragon (Mar 1, 2007 at 7:11 AM):
A nice target for Cassini's RADAR, assuming it has not surveyed the zone.
ugordan (Mar 1, 2007 at 4:48 AM):
It's just cosmic ray noise they didn't clean out from the image. It's pretty much there in every raw image to a different extent, depending on exposure duration and radiation environment the spacecraft is in.
Iapetus Monolith (Feb 28, 2007 at 5:01 PM):
Has Titan suddenly become translucent? It's as if the stars are shining THROUGH Titan (or is there some mundane explanation for those white dots?)
Jules (Feb 28, 2007 at 2:05 PM):
The lake will literaly go up in clouds, I guess :)
DEChengst (Feb 27, 2007 at 2:12 PM):
It will be interesting to see what will happen to the lake now that northern summer is comming on Titan.

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