CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Cassini Sights Titan's Northern Land of Lakes

With northern spring in full swing, the liquid methane and ethane seas and lakes that are found in Titan's north polar region have finally come under the watchful gaze of Cassini's remote sensing instruments. Infrared images reveal new clues about how the lakes formed and about Titan's Earth-like "hydrologic" cycle, which involves liquid hydrocarbons rather than water.(Image Advisory can be found here.)

Oct 23, 2013: Titan's Northern Lakes: Salt Flats? - This false-color mosaic, made from infrared data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, reveals the differences in the composition of surface materials around hydrocarbon lakes at Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
Oct 23, 2013: Dark Lakes on a Bright Landscape - Ultracold hydrocarbon lakes and seas (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan can be seen embedded in some kind of bright surface material in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission.
Oct 23, 2013: Titan's North: The Big Picture - Almost all of hydrocarbon seas and lakes on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan cluster around the north pole, as can be seen in this mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission.
Oct 23, 2013: Bird's Eye View of the Land of Lakes - The vast hydrocarbon seas and lakes (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan sprawl out beneath the watchful eye of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Alliance Member Comments
Charles Isbell (Oct 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM):
The more of these photo's and descriptions from you that I see, the more I understand
(at least partly) and appreciate all of your works and efforts. Thanks for a job well
done and getting better.
Charles Isbell
Irving, TX