December 18, 2009

Something Wonderful: The Glint on Titan

"ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS EXCEPT EUROPA. ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE."

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NASA - Reflection of Sunlight off Titan Lake

This image shows the first flash of sunlight reflected off a lake on Saturn's moon Titan.

"The glint off a mirror-like surface is known as a specular reflection. This kind of glint was detected by the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) on NASA's Cassini spacecraft on July 8, 2009. It confirmed the presence of liquid in the moon's northern hemisphere, where lakes are more numerous and larger than those in the southern hemisphere."

Posted by Vanderleun at December 18, 2009 1:08 PM
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I apologize, since it seems so banal, but "Holy shit, that's cool!".

Posted by: sherlock at December 18, 2009 10:44 PM