Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Cassini Wonders - An infrared movie of Titan

The Cassini spacecraft took this image of Titan during three flybys, using the space probe's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer. The light and dark patches show terrain that shifts from possible volcanic activity. There may even be areas of water or frozen carbon dixoide.

Science fiction films and space art have shown us thousands of exotic worlds. The Star Wars films took place on planets that varied from sandy deserts, lush jungles, frozen tundras and even one covered completely with skyscrapers.

But this strange orb is not painted on a sheet of glass at Industrial Light and Magic or rendered in Photoshop...this is the real deal.

You can even see the image rotate.


Amazing.

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