Titan’s Slow Unveiling

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

Richard Leis

Richard Leis (he/him/his) lives in Tucson, Arizona where he writes poetry and fiction, attends and teaches writing workshops at the Writers Studio Tucson, and works for HiRISE, a team in the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona with a camera in orbit around Mars onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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