Friday, February 18, 2005

Titan emerges from the Haze

The Cassini spacecraft flew by Saturn's moon Titan on Tuesday, and in this case both optical and smog-penetrating radar instruments were trained on the same region of the planet. The combined effort revealed the only crater, a very large one , yet seen on Titan. The crater walls are heavily "weathered" with whatever is going on in Titan's atmosphere.
You can see pictures of the crater at the ESA site here , and a nice write-up at Wired is here.

The Eyrie also has a very interesting rumor about some new Mars observations. Go have a look. Now, where are my hiking boots?

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