Surface of Titan, Cassini artwork

Surface of Titan, Cassini artwork

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Credit: NASA/JPL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Surface of Titan, artwork of the Hotei Arcus region. Titan is Saturn's largest moon, with a thick nitrogen atmosphere and orange haze. The surface is an icy crust, with rugged mountains and lowland areas. The surface temperature averages 94 Kelvin (minus 179 degrees Celsius). Clouds of hydrocarbon vapour produce rain (storm at top right) that forms rivers and lakes. Dry riverbeds (grey) are at centre right. At lower left are volcanic flows with cryovolcanoes (ice volcanoes) producing methane vapour (white). This artwork is based on radar mapping data obtained by the Cassini spacecraft that is in orbit around Saturn.

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