A River of Hydrocarbons Flowing on Titan
The Cassini spacecraft continues to return amazing images and data of Saturn and it’s moons. Here’s a new image of a river of liquid ethane/methane (~400 km long) on Titan. Amazing!
Here’s a description that goes with the image:
The river valley stretches more than 400 km from its ‘headwaters’ to a large sea, and likely contains hydrocarbons. The image was acquired on 26 September 2012, on Cassini’s 87th close flyby of Titan. The river valley crosses Titan’s north polar region and runs into Kraken Mare, one of the three great seas in the high northern latitudes of the moon.
Image credit: NASA/JPL–Caltech/ASI