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Titan's Lakes and Saturn's Rings

Titan's Lakes and Saturn's Rings

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DAVID PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Titan is the largest moon of Saturn, the only natural satellite known to have a dense atmosphere, and the only object other than Earth for which clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found. The image shows sunlight reflected from one of Titan's liquid hydrocarbon lakes located in the polar regions.Titan's atmosphere is largely composed of nitrogen; minor components lead to the formation of methane and ethane clouds and nitrogen-rich organic smog. It has also been suggested that a form of life may exist on the surface, using liquid methane as a medium instead of water; and anomalies in atmospheric composition have been reported which are consistent with the presence of such a life-form, but which could also be due to an exotic non-organic chemistry. Computer artwork based on data from the Cassini-Huygens orbiter.

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