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Bird's eye view of Titan's Land of Lakes

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Bird's eye view of Titan's Land of Lakes This mosaic of near-infrared (938 nm) images from the Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) shows the vast hydrocarbon seas and lakes (dark shapes) near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan. Bright material appears to surround the lakes. The largest of the dark shapes, at the upper right, is Kraken Mare, Titan's largest sea and about the size of the Caspian Sea and Lake Superior put together. To its left lies Ligeia Mare (about 300 mi or 500 km across), the second largest sea. Punga Mare (about 240 mi or 380 km across) is below Ligeia Mare, and just above its leftmost finger is the north pole.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / JHUAPL / University of Arizona

Bird's eye view of Titan's Land of Lakes (annotated version)

NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / JHUAPL / University of Arizona

Bird's eye view of Titan's Land of Lakes (annotated version)
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Contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder. Original image data dated on or about September 12, 2013

 

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