The European Southern Observatory has released new images of Saturn’s moon Titan taken by telescopes right here on Earth. Titan is the only moon in our solar system with a significant atmosphere and some detail is visible in these latest images. In January 2005, the Huygens probe will float down through Titan’s atmosphere and take readings and images of the surface for the first time. The thick red atmosphere is 95 percent nitrogen and 5 percent methane.
Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype and is forthcoming from The Laurel Review. A piece of flash fiction is forthcoming from Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.” Richard is also Downlink Lead for HiRISE at the University of Arizona. View all posts by Richard Leis