The Observant Astronomer

The passing scene as observed by an observant Jew, who daylights as an astronomer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Landing on Titan

The folks responsible for the Huygens lander have now pieced together some mosaics from the images the DISR instrument took on the way down. I find the large-scale stereographic projection to be the more impressive of the two in that it is easier for the untrained eye to interpret. The trained eyes at ESA clearly interpret the details in terms of liquid methane rains and sub-surface seepage flowing down to the lakebed.

The 13 May issue of Science contains a series of papers with early results of the Titan investigations. One discusses the interesting similarities between Titan's atmosphere and the Earth's. The more digestable press release is here.


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