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Fraser
2004-Oct-27, 03:28 PM
SUMMARY: NASA's Cassini spacecraft swept past Titan on Tuesday, and returned the most detailed images ever taken of its surface - from an altitude of only 1,200 km (miles) above its surface. Previous attempts to see the moon's surface have been frustrating because of its thick atmosphere. Scientists still aren't sure what the various light and dark areas are; they could be solid landmasses surrounded by oceans of liquid ethane and methane. The spacecraft took more than 500 images, so they're going to take a while to completely transfer to Earth - better pictures should be revealed in the next few days.

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Guest
2004-Oct-27, 03:49 PM
The pictures are fantastic

http://ciclops.lpl.arizona.edu/media/ir/20...4/523_869_1.jpg (http://ciclops.lpl.arizona.edu/media/ir/2004/523_869_1.jpg)

http://esamultimedia.esa.int/images/cassin...520_863_1_H.jpg (http://esamultimedia.esa.int/images/cassini_huygens/520_863_1_H.jpg)

:)

Victoria
2004-Oct-27, 03:52 PM
Further pictures...meaning Cassini will be even closer capturing ever more detailed photos??? Now, this IS exciting. What a great event accomplished! This has got to bring in bigger budgets for Space explorations! It would be nice if this great discovery would be covered by every News Station Worldwide! Undoubtedly deserving of unlimited airtime. :)

Victoria
2004-Oct-27, 04:03 PM
Great Pics!!! The second one is particularly interesting due to the small circular formations middle right. A topographical pic would be tight! B)

Spacemad
2004-Oct-27, 04:31 PM
Originally posted by Victoria@Oct 27 2004, 03:52 PM
Further pictures...meaning Cassini will be even closer capturing ever more detailed photos??? Now, this IS exciting. What a great event accomplished! This has got to bring in bigger budgets for Space explorations! It would be nice if this great discovery would be covered by every News Station Worldwide! Undoubtedly deserving of unlimited airtime. :)
I've seen some of the images sent back by Cassini of this close up fly by of Titan & they are really fantastic! :)

Im looking forward to seeing even more spectacular images of this mysterious moon! :)

Like you, Victoria, I hope these images will help to boost the budgets assigned to space exploration & will lead to the eventual exploration by human being of our Solar System.

Guest
2004-Oct-27, 08:00 PM
I dunno...to the layman's eye it's just a haze... :unsure: