Space & Astronomy
Cassini spots Nile-like river on Titan
By T.K. Randall
December 15, 2012 · 26 comments
Image Credit: NASA
The massive hydrocarbon-filled river snakes its way over more than 250 miles of the Saturnian moon.
[!gad]The image is being hailed as the first high-resolution photograph ever taken of a river system of this size somewhere other than the Earth. Despite its similarity to the river Nile, the Titan river would be quite unlike anything ever seen by humans - filled with a strange hydrocarbon liquid generated by ethane and methane raining from the skies.
"Though there are some short, local meanders, the relative straightness of the river valley suggests it follows the trace of at least one fault, similar to other large rivers running into the southern margin of this same Titan sea," said Cassini radar team associate Jani Radebaugh.
The full resolution image can be viewed - here
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured a crisp image of a long river cutting across Saturn's huge moon Titan.
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