Few days earlier, NASA released footages of Cassini’s first dive into Saturn’s rings as the probe is approaching its final days on the mission. While we didn’t get a lot of details with the initial footages, NASA has released a new photo that showcases Titan’s atmosphere along with its cloud cover.
The latest released images were taken on May 7th and it shows Titan’s clouds which are made of methane. Due to the obscure nature of the clouds, we don’t see a lot of landscapes of the moon. If you are familiar with the Titan’s atmosphere, you might already know that it contain massive amount of methane. Apart from that, the moon also contain large lakes which are thought to be made up with liquid ethane and methane along with nitrogen.
While an atmosphere like that is hostile to sustain life, NASA hasn’t ruled out the possibility that there might be life form which can survive such hostile environment. Especially after the recent discovery that another of Saturn’s moon Enceladus thought to have environment suitable for containing life, scientists have become more interested to know more about Saturn’s other moons.
As a result, NASA decided to go ahead and release these images which were taken from approximately 316,000 miles away which means that each pixel of the image would actually translate to roughly 2 miles. You can check out the images below to see the hostile environment.
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