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Los Angeles, Nov 19 (Canadian-Media): The first map showing the global geology of Saturn's largest moon Titan has been completed by NASA scientists showing fully reveals a dynamic world of dunes, lakes, plains, craters and other terrains, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) said in a release, NASA reports said.
First global geologic map of Saturn's largest moon: Image credit/JPL/NASA
Besides Earth, Titan is the only planetary body in the solar system that contains liquid on its surface. But instead of water raining down from clouds Earth, what rains down is methane and ethane "making its surface one of most geologically diverse in the solar system," Rosaly Lopes, a planetary geologist at JPL and lead author of new research, said.
Although Earth and Titan have different materials, temperatures and gravity fields, many similarities between the surface features in these two worlds leads to the interpretation as these being products of the same geologic processes.
The findings of Lopes and her team consisting of planetary geologist David Williams of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University in Tempe, who used data from NASA's Cassini mission, were recently published in the journal Nature Astronomy.