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  Geological features of the solar system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
List of geological features on 243 Ida and Dactyl
List of geological features on Jupiter's smaller moons
List of geological features on Saturn's smaller moons
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Geological_features_of_the_solar_system   (123 words)

 List of geological features on Titan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Official names for these features have only been announced very recently, as Titan's surface was virtually unknown before the arrival of the Cassini probe.
Albedo features on Titan are named after sacred or enchanted places in world mythologies and literature.
Because the exact nature of many surface features remain mysterious, a number of features have not yet received formal names and are known by nicknames.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_geological_features_on_Titan   (397 words)

 Cassini-Huygens: News-Features-the Story of Saturn
Titan is of great interest to scientists because it is the only moon in the solar system known to have clouds and a mysterious, thick, planet-like atmosphere.
Because of the extremely cold temperatures typical of celestial bodies that are that far away from the sun, the structure of Titan's chemical atmosphere is in a state of deep freeze.
Titan's thick cloudy atmosphere is mostly nitrogen, like Earth's, but may contain much higher percentages of "smog-like" chemicals such as methane and ethane.
saturn.jpl.nasa.gov /news/features/saturn-story/moons.cfm   (873 words)

 Volcano - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
A volcano is a geological landform (usually a mountain) where magma (rock of the earth's interior made molten or liquid by high pressure and temperature) erupts through the surface of the planet.
See the list of geological features on Io for a list of named volcanoes on the moon.
Volcanic cones are usually smaller features composed of loose ash and cinder, with occasional masses of stone which have been tossed violently into the air by the eruptive forces (and are thus called ejecta).
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/Volcano   (3591 words)

 Titan's Surface Revealed
Titan's dense atmosphere is opaque at most wavelengths, but Cassini's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer takes pictures at wavelengths in which the atmosphere is clear.
Titan's South Polar Clouds -- (JPL Planetary Photojournal) This sequence of images illustrates the evolution of a field of clouds near Titan's south pole over a period of almost five hours.
Titan's Surface Revealed -- (JPL Planetary Photojournal) Piercing the ubiquitous layer of smog enshrouding Titan, these images from the Cassini visual and infrared mapping spectrometer reveals an exotic surface covered with a variety of materials in the southern hemisphere.
science.nasa.gov /headlines/y2004/04jul_titanrevealed.htm?list1049228   (875 words)

 News in Science - Titan reveals its mysterious surface - 06/07/2004
Previous images of Titan from the Voyager missions and Earth-based telescopes showed very bright patches, which scientists guessed could be continents, and dark patches that could be oceans of methane.
Titan is the second largest moon in the solar system after Ganymede, one of Jupiter's moons.
Titan is also the only moon in the solar system known to have an atmosphere and dense clouds.
www.abc.net.au /science/news/stories/s1147130.htm   (694 words)

 CHAPTER 5: PLANETARY GEOLOGY: Manual of Remote Sensing
Geologic histories of planetary surfaces are often documented in the form of geologic maps (compiled at various scales dependent on the available data and detail to be illustrated) which portray the three-dimensional surface units that comprise a planetary surface and indicate their relative stratigraphic positions.
Geologic information was difficult to extract from drawings and photographs having spatial resolutions on the order of hundreds of kilometers, and observations by Schiaparelli, Lowell, Antoniadi, and others demonstrated that the interpretation of features observed on Mars was controversial and often highly subjective (Sheehan, 1988).
Geologic study of Mars over the past decade has concentrated on the continued refinement and analysis of the Viking imaging data in preparation for the next wave of spacecraft exploration to be carried out by the Mars Global Surveyor orbiter and Mars Pathfinder lander missions in 1997-1999.
marswatch.tn.cornell.edu /rsm.html   (18132 words)

 Astronomy 51 Homepage
Features include recent news and observations about visible comets currently gracing our skies, images of comets, light curves, ephemerides for current comets, definitions of comet related terminology, and links to other sources of information about comets.
A list of sites around the world which have information on a number of items of historical interest, such as the Shapley-Curtis debate on "The Scale of the Universe" in 1920, the History of Space Exploration, and links to sites where important historical discoveries in Astronomy were made.
These include resources lists on the solar system, astronomy and astrophysics (including amateur astronomy, date sources, news, periodical, software, celestial events, observatories, and more!), aerospace and astronautics (including launch vehicles, current and future satellites, shuttle schedules, etc), and future exploration (including forthcoming launch systems, the new International Space Station, and the human exploration of space.).
www.drake.edu /artsci/physics/ast51home.html   (2488 words)

 Physics 104: Planetary Astronomy Study Questions
List several of the major named features on the surface of Venus.
List several of the reasons that have been given for Earth not being visited by aliens, assuming that advanced extra-terrestrial civilizations exist "out there".
Describe Titan’s atmosphere, including its composition and the temperature and pressure at the surface of the moon.
ww2.lafayette.edu /~hogenbod/sq.html   (1866 words)

 Geological and Planetary Sciences
In addition to a wide-ranging lecture-oriented component, there will be a required field trip component (two weekend days), and a special research topic (often lab-oriented) chosen from many alternatives and to be carried out in small groups each led by a professor.
Weekly seminar by a member of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences or a visitor to discuss a topic of his or her current research at an introductory level.
Interpretations of geologic data in the context of plate tectonics; plate tectonic evolution of the ocean basins.
pr.caltech.edu /catalog/courses/listing/ge.html   (4110 words)

 ASTR 450 Study questions for Exam I: HTML Version
Despite the unlikelihood of liquid methane bodies on the surface of Titan (see the previous question), there are reasons to believe that there should be large bodies of liquid on Titan's surface.
Titan probably cannot harbor life now, but it is still a very interesting place for exobiology studies.
Although geological activity is a promising sign for a planet when being considered as a site for life [and you should be able to explain why this is], Io's extreme volcanic activity precludes life there.
www.sci.wsu.edu /math/faculty/jbrown/450forms/sq2.html   (855 words)

 Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Space probe spots foggy lakes on Saturn's moon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The numerous, well-defined dark patches were seen in radar images of Titan's high latitudes taken during a flyby Saturday by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, a cooperative project among NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.
Titan's flat surface is very cold, with a temperature of minus 180 C, and scientists believe its thick atmosphere may occasionally rain methane.
Titan, the largest, has geological features similar to those on Earth.
www.sciam.com /article.cfm?chanID=sa007&articleID=9D684C589D67031A627AD33D59DB65E5   (447 words)

 Keyword   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The cluster of hydrocarbon lakes was spotted near Titan's frigid north pole during a weekend flyby by the international Cassini spacecraft, which flew within 590 miles of the moon.
Titan has long intrigued researchers because it is surrounded by a thick blanket of nitrogen and...
Titan's atmosphere is about 5 per cent methane, and Chris McKay of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffet Field, California, thinks that some of it could be coming from methanogens, or methane-producing microbes.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/k-titan/browse   (5369 words)

 Cassini - USGS Astrogeology Hot Topics
Clouds have been observed recently on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, through the thick haze, using near-infrared spectroscopy and images of the south pole and temperate regions near 40° South.
USGS Astrogeology maintains the official list of planetary feature names for the IAU, called the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
Titan's Purple Haze Images like this one reveal some of the key steps in the formation and evolution of Titan's haze.
astrogeology.usgs.gov /HotTopics/index.php?/categories/2-Cassini   (1609 words)

 Articles / Back to Genesis / Why Christians Should Believe in a Global Flood - Institute for Creation Research
These all accept the so-called geological ages as the approved record of Earth history, recognizing that a global hydraulic cataclysm would have destroyed any evidence for such geological ages.
The assigned "ages" of the sedimentary beds (which comprise the bulk of the "geologic column") have been deduced from their assemblages of fossils.
The fact that there are traditions of the great Flood found in hundreds of tribes in all parts of the world (all similar in one way or another to that in the Genesis record) is firm evidence that those tribes all originated from the one family preserved through the cataclysm.
www.icr.org /index.php?module=articles&action=view&ID=842   (1174 words)

 Moons of the Giant Planets
To examine images of a sampling of the moons of the giant planets and summarize the major features; to distinguish these features from those of the Moon; to examine the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.
Its surface is unlike anything in the solar system with features that are jumbled together in a haphazard fashion.
List two features that are similar, and two that are very different.
www.astro.washington.edu /labs/clearinghouse/labs/GiantPlanets/moonsgiants.html   (1655 words)

 Titan moon occupies 'sweet spot' - Persian Journal Latest Iran news & Iranian Newspaper   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
"Titan is perhaps the most Earth-like place in the Solar System other than Earth, in terms of the balance of processes," says Jonathan Lunine, of the University of Arizona, who is an interdisciplinary scientist for Cassini-Huygens.
Evidence also suggests Titan is constantly being resurfaced by a fluid mixture of water and ammonia spewed out by volcanoes and hot springs, explaining why Titan is not littered with impact craters like its neighbours A surface feature called Ganesa Macula may show just such a flow emanating from a volcanic crater.
In December, it released the piggybacked Huygens probe on a collision course with Titan.
www.iranian.ws /cgi-bin/iran_news/exec/view.cgi/4/9567   (885 words)

 Cassini-Huygens: News-Press Releases-2005
A giant impact crater the size of Iowa was spotted on Saturn's moon Titan by NASA's Cassini radar instrument during Tuesday's Titan flyby.
This is the third close Titan flyby of the mission, which began in July 2004, and only the second time the radar instrument has examined Titan.
These parallel linear features are intriguing, and may be formed by winds, like sand dunes, or by other geological processes.
saturn.jpl.nasa.gov /news/press-release-details.cfm?newsID=543   (334 words)

Titan synchronous orbit trajectories will allow about 35 flybys of Titan and targeted flybys of Iapetus, Dione and Enceladus.
One of the most intriguing aspects of Titan is the possibility that its surface may be covered in part with lakes of liquid hydrocarbons that result from photochemical processes in its upper atmosphere.
The integrated lander payload includes a surface stereo imager with Mars Pathfinder heritage; a meteorology package; an instrumented robotic arm for sample acquisition, soil manipulation and closeup imaging of the surface and subsurface; and the thermal and evolved gas analysis experiment for determining the nature and abundance of volatile material in the Martian soil.
dept.physics.upenn.edu /nineplanets/spacecraft.html   (4716 words)

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Identify the major Mare, craters, and observable geological features on the moon.
List the significant dates in the history of the moon exploration.
List the physical properties of neutron stars, white dwarfs, and quasars.
lrs.ed.uiuc.edu /students/ghenke/Intranet/science/astronomy-424.htm   (895 words)

 Dione (moon)
Dione is composed primarily of water ice, but as the densest of Saturn's moons (aside from Titan, whose density is increased by gravitational compression) it must have a considerable fraction of denser material like silicate rock in its interior.
One theory was that shortly after its formation Dione was geologically active, and some process such as ice volcanism resurfaced much of its surface, with the streaks forming from eruptions along cracks in Dione's surface that fell back to the surface as snow or ash.
Like Callisto, Dione's craters lack the high relief features seen on the Moon and Mercury; this is probably due to slumping of the weak icy crust over geologic time.
www.mlahanas.de /Greeks/Astro/Dione.html   (720 words)

 Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Methane rain forecast for Saturn's giant moon Titan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
It ranges from a persistent drizzle that keeps the surface of Saturn's largest moon -- which has geological features similar to Earth -- damp to fierce storms that could produce huge droplets.
Information from the probe showed Titan, which is larger than the planet Mercury, is cold and windy with a dense atmosphere of methane and nitrogen.
In a separate report in the journal researchers from Spain did a modeling study of Titan's atmosphere which suggested clouds over the south pole would produce fierce storms that would pound the surface and could help explain the formation of its river valleys.
www.sciam.com /article.cfm?chanID=sa007&articleID=14C879F3F5D8ED93A09F6090D77C2CC3   (397 words)

 GPS: Academics: Course Listing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The 6-unit course introduces methods of geologic mapping, intended for students outside the Geology Option who desire a practical introduction to the documentation of earth history; required for all students planning to take Ge 120.
Their character and sequencing are the strata that enable us to understand geologic history and processes.
The course follows the geologic cycle of organic matter, from production in living organisms to burial in sediments and preservation in the rock record.
www.gps.caltech.edu /academics/courses/courses.html   (4503 words)

 NASA's Solar System Exploration: News & Events: 04.15.04: Dawn Newsletter
For the infrared zones, a blazed groove profile is used that results in a peak efficiency at 5 µm to compensate for the low signal levels expected at this wavelength.
These features, combined with custom designed FPAs, result in an instrument able to collect spectra of very large dynamic range with high spatial resolution that satisfies Dawn's requirements.
This list has been established to keep members of the scientific community informed about the Dawn mission.
solarsystem.nasa.gov /news/display.cfm?News_ID=8116   (1067 words)

 Hyperion (moon)
It is distinguished by its irregular shape, its chaotic rotation, and its unexplained sponge-like appearance.
The moon is named after Hyperion, a Titan in Greek mythology.
Hyperion is the only known moon in the solar system that rotates chaotically, but simulations suggest that other irregular satellites may have done so in the past.
www.mlahanas.de /Greeks/Astro/Hyperion.html   (594 words)

 Chapter 1:Science and the Human Prospect
With the exception of the basic chemical facts -- Titan has large amounts of nitrogen and methane, and small amounts of ethane, acetylene, ethylene, and hydrogen cyanide -- scientists were left with only their imaginations and various paths of speculation.
When Voyager 2 encountered Uranus, it discovered on the moons some of the strangest geological features known in the solar system, and a possible gigantic 5,000 mile deep ocean of water mixed with ammonia on the planet itself.
Yet the list of events on our calendar is only one possible list that could be displayed showing a particular species at the end.
www.hcc.hawaii.edu /~pine/book1qts/chapter1qts.htm   (15636 words)

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PLANETARY MAPS: (this article is in the public domain) A list of maps of all mapped solar system bodies except Earth, 60 by December 1999.
Mars) a general purpose global map is listed, and others if available: relief maps (usually with placenames), topography (contours), geological maps...
Comet Encke) are simple diagrams of possible surface features ('sketch' under map type).
publish.uwo.ca /~pjstooke/mapsummy.txt   (488 words)

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Introduction Our capstone team has been hired by the United States Geological Survey to expand upon their existing glacier mapping software, GLIMSView, to be able to map eolian features on Mars.
This will allow a single software package to be effectively applied to a variety of geological projects (like monitoring the geographic features of anything from earth-born glaciers and deserts to the Martian surface).
A detailed listing of these problems can be found at http://www.glims.org/glimsview/bug_report/glimsview_1.0_bugs.html 4.3.
www.cet.nau.edu /~bca4/files/Requirements_Document.doc   (1186 words)

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