A spacecraft circling Saturn's largest moon Titan has captured new images of a "land of lakes" at the orbiting body's
The Cassini spacecraft was in an optimal position to obtain new pictures of the liquid methane and ethane seas and lakes that reside near the top of Titan, revealing new clues about how the lakes formed and about the moon's Earth-like "hydrologic" cycle, which involves hydrocarbons rather than water,
"The view from Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer gives us a holistic view of an area that we'd only seen in bits and pieces before and at a lower resolution,"
Parts of Titan's lakes and seas may have evaporated and left behind the Titan equivalent of Earth's salt flats, the researchers said, only on Titan the evaporated material is thought to be organic chemicals once dissolved in liquid methane.
"Titan's northern lakes region is one of the most Earth-like and intriguing in the solar system," JPL Cassini project scientist
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