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Titan's Bizarre Landscape Shaped More By Internal Heat Than Erosion, Scientist Predicts

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October 15, 2002
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Six months after NASA's Cassini spacecraft reaches Saturn in July 2004, it will deploy the European Space Agency's Huygens probe to Saturn's largest moon, Titan. A cold, dark, smog-shrouded world nearly half the size of Earth, Titan is the only moon in the solar system with a thick atmosphere. Even the most advanced telescopes have been able to glimpse only vague light and dark patches through Titan's haze. So until the NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens mission delivers the Huygens probe by parachute to Titan's surface in January 2005, scientists can only guess what its surface might be like.

Six months after NASA's Cassini spacecraft reaches Saturn in July 2004, it will deploy the European Space Agency's Huygens probe to Saturn's largest moon, Titan. A cold, dark, smog-shrouded world nearly half the size of Earth, Titan is the only moon in the solar system with a thick atmosphere.


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University Of Arizona. (2002, October 15). Titan's Bizarre Landscape Shaped More By Internal Heat Than Erosion, Scientist Predicts. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/10/021015074637.htm
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