Thursday, December 13, 2012

Titan's Nile-like River

A miniature version of the Nile River, seen on Saturn’s moon Titan by the international Cassini mission. 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.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL–Caltech/ASI

Note: For more information, see Titan's Nile-Like River Valley; also, Cassini Spots Mini Nile River on Saturn Moon.

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