Lifting Titan's Veil
As writer Donald Robertson explains in our March 2013 issue, many mysteries still remain. While Cassini has provided strong circumstantial evidence that methane rain peppers Titan’s surface, scientists still don’t understand how the weather cycle works. Below, you’ll find some photos that didn’t make it into the magazine, as well as a couple of videos, including one from Huygens’s historic landing.
Fall to Titan's surface with Huygens: Footage from the Huygens probe as it descended through Titan's atmosphere at first reveals little but orange haze. But as the probe nears the surface a landscape of highlands and dunes comes into focus. Landing happens around 3:55. Make sure you check out all the sidebar data, too! Credit: ESA / NASA / JPL / University of Arizona
Touring Titan's lakes: The lighting is a bit dim, but this video gives a good sense of the lakes' scale at Titan's north pole (about 1 minute in). Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / USGS