View Full Version : Titan is a World Both Familiar and Alien

2005-Sep-11, 02:31 AM
SUMMARY: When Huygens descended through Titans clouds, snapping hundreds of pictures, it revealed a world with many similar physical features to our own planet: clouds, rivers, lakebeds, islands, rocks and dust. But Titan is cold, plunging below -170C; a temperature where methane can exist as both a liquid and a gas. Huygens saw a series of drainage channels running from brighter highlands to flatter, darker regions. It landed in a material that has the consistency of loose sand. Instead of rocks, Huygens is surrounded by boulders of water ice, and instead of dirt, the probe found hydrocarbon particles that settled out of the atmosphere.

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