Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Titan Hydrocarbon Lakes Revealed


The story has been beamed around the globe by now, so surely you've already heard: The European Space Agency probe, Cassini, has finally spotted those giant lakes of hydrocarbons planetary scientists expected it would find there.

Scientists believe the lakes are likely comprised of methane or ethane, similar to racing fuel. More detailed photos will be taken and the region further explored to test the theory. But judging from the photos and radar images, the dark areas in question are liquid of some sort.

According to the story at SpaceDaily.com, if this is true, Titan becomes the only planet in the Solar System, besides Earth, with lakes.
Not right for water skiing, but lakes just the same...

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