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. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr). View all posts by Richard Leis