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Topic: Xanadu (Titan)

 Saturn's Moon Titan
Titan [TY-tun] is the largest moon of Saturn and the second largest moon in the solar system, rivaled only by Jupiter's moon Ganymede.
Titan's methane, through continuing photochemistry, is converted to ethane, acetylene, ethylene, and (when combined with nitrogen) hydrogen cyanide.
This image of Titan was taken by the Pioneer 11 spacecraft on September 3, 1979 from a range of 3.6 million km.
www.solarviews.com /eng/titan.htm   (3083 words)

In Greek mythology the Titans were a family of giants, the children of Uranus and Gaia, who sought to rule the heavens but were overthrown and supplanted by the family of Zeus.
One of the principal objectives of the Voyager 1 mission was the study of Titan.
Titan is similar in bulk composition to Ganymede, Callisto, Triton and (probably) Pluto, ie about half water ice and half rocky material.
www.seds.org /nineplanets/nineplanets/titan.html   (994 words)

 Cassini RADAR: Another Flyby, Another Completely Different View of Titan - Planetary News | The Planetary Society
Titan's wind regime is dominated by a "zonal" pattern, in which its atmosphere is blown primarily from east to west.
Dunes on Titan appear to be primarily "longitudinal," meaning that their crests are aligned parallel to the dominant wind direction, from west to east.
Rough topography within the Xanadu region of Titan creates the chevron-patterned terrain on the left side of this image; slopes facing northward to Cassini's RADAR dish are bright, while slopes facing away from the dish, and horizontal surfaces, are darker.
www.planetary.org /news/2006/0523_Cassini_RADAR_Another_Flyby_Another.html   (2606 words)

 Titan Lifting Veil on Xanadu :: Astrobiology Magazine ::   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Titan, a major target of interest for the Cassini orbiter, and the destination of its piggybacked, European-built Huygens probe, may hold clues to Earth's hydrological cycle, its greenhouse effect, and even the origins of life.
Titan, nearly the size of Mercury at 5,100 kilometers (3,200 miles) across, is the largest single expanse of unexplored terrain remaining in the solar system today.
It is unclear whether Xanadu is a mountain range, giant basin, smooth plain, or a combination of all three.
www.astrobio.net /news/article958.html   (852 words)

 SPACE.com -- Cassini Sees Xanadu on Saturn's Moon Titan
Titan's frigid surface may contain seas of methane and other hydrocarbons that stay liquid at extreme temperatures.
Titan is thought to contain organic chemistry similar to early Earth, prior to the development of life.
They are similar to the best ground-based efforts to photograph Titan, and Porco said the successful imaging from a difficult angle and long distance portends better views to come as the spacecraft speeds closer to the Saturnian system.
www.space.com /scienceastronomy/cassini_titan_040506.html   (926 words)

 Zoomed in Xanadu
This image shows one of the closest views of Xanadu Regio, a large bright region on Titan's surface, which also can be seen in a more distant view taken earlier (see PIA06185).
However, this image is just a single piece of a larger 5 by 5-frame mosaic that covers the western part of Xanadu and the dark area that lies farther to the west.
The images were acquired during a close encounter with Titan on Feb. 15, 2005, at a distance of approximately 114,000 kilometers (71,000 miles) from Titan, which corresponds to a image scale of 680 meters (2,231 feet) per pixel.
www.solarviews.com /cap/pia/PIA06192.htm   (266 words)

 WebWire® | Cassini Reveals Titan’s Xanadu Region To Be An Earth-Like Land
Titan is a place of twilight, dimmed by a haze of hydrocarbons surrounding it.
Xanadu was first discovered by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 1994 as a striking bright spot seen in infrared imaging.
At Titan’s frigid temperatures, the liquid cannot be water; it is almost certainly methane or ethane.
www.webwire.com /ViewPressRel.asp?aId=17041   (608 words)

 All Eyes On Titan
One important goal of this flyby is to confirm scientists' model of Titan's atmosphere to prepare for the Huygens probe descent.
Titan is a cold place thought to be inhospitable to life at 95 degrees Kelvin (minus 289 degrees Fahrenheit).
The sound of alien thunder, the patter of methane rain and the crunch (or splash) of a landing, all might be heard as Huygens descends to the surface of Titan on January 14, 2005.
www.spacedaily.com /news/cassini-04zzzn.html   (909 words)

 Cassini News from Scientific Frontline an online publication by SFL ORG. News Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
This image shows two views of an area on Titan riddled by mountain ranges that were probably produced by tectonic forces.
Near the wrinkled, mountainous terrain are clouds in Titan's southern mid latitudes whose source continues to elude scientists.
Titan is a complex place and scientists are uncovering the secrets of the surface, one flyby at a time.
www.sflorg.com /control_room/cassini.html   (3501 words)

 Astrobiology - Titan
An overview of the descent and landing of the Huygens probe on Titan
The abundances of constituents of Titan's atmosphere from the GCMS instrument on the Huygens probe
Titan is the only moon in our Solar System that has a substantial atmosphere
astronomyonline.org /Astrobiology/Titan.asp   (481 words)

 Probe spots Xanadu on Saturnian moon - Space.com - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The bright feature known as Xanadu can be made out in the sunlit portion of the disk at right.
Better imaging can be done with the sun being directly behind the spacecraft, she told Space.com, rather than the moon being sunlit from the side and reflected light having to slice through more of the atmosphere, as in the latest pictures.
The aerosol haze, or smog, is not well-understood.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/4918192   (914 words)

 UFO Area Cassini probe sights moon target   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
And although the viewing conditions were not at their best, the pictures rival anything scientists have seen before - and that includes images from the Hubble telescope.
Scientists are unsure of the nature of Xanadu.
It could be a mountain range, a giant basin, a smooth plain, or a combination of all three.
www.ufoarea.com /universe_xanadu.html   (361 words)

 Cassini-Huygens: Multimedia-Images   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
During a close flyby of Titan on March 31, 2005, Cassini's cameras got their best view to date of the region east of the bright Xanadu Region.
The northern boundary of the bright "island" is relatively sharp and has a jagged profile, resembling the now-familiar boundary on the western side of Xanadu (see Titan Mosaic: December 2004).
The mosaic is centered on a region at 1 degree north latitude, 21 degree west longitude on Titan.
saturn.jpl.nasa.gov /multimedia/images/image-details.cfm?imageID=1469   (668 words)

 ScienceDaily: Cassini Reveals Titan's Xanadu Region To Be An Earth-Like Land
Cassini Reveals Titan's Xanadu Region To Be An Earth-Like Land (July 23, 2006) -- New radar images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed geological features similar to Earth on Xanadu, an Australia-sized, bright region on Saturn's moon...
Cassini's Radar Spots Giant Crater On Titan (March 5, 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...
Titan (moon) -- Titan, or Saturn VI, is the largest moon of Saturn and the second largest moon in the solar system, after Jupiter's moon Ganymede.
www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2006/07/060721202957.htm   (1914 words)

 JPL.NASA.GOV: News Releases
Partial view of radar image of Titan, with a focus on an area called Xanadu.
These radar images, from a strip more than 4,500 kilometers (2,796 miles) long, show Xanadu is surrounded by darker terrain, reminiscent of a free-standing landmass.
Observations by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe, which Cassini carried to Titan, and by NASA's Voyager spacecraft strongly hint that both methane rain and dark orange hydrocarbon solids fall like soot from the moon's dark skies.
www.jpl.nasa.gov /news/news.cfm?release=2006-093   (661 words)

 Titan's Xanadu area has Earth-like region
NASA said the radar images, from a strip more than 2,796 miles long, show Xanadu is surrounded by darker terrain, reminiscent of a free-standing landmass.
Xanadu was first discovered by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 1994.
Because of Titan's extremely low temperatures, the liquid almost certainly is methane or ethane.
www.softcom.net /webnews/wed/dp/Uus-nasa.RIna_GlP.html   (193 words)

 Xanadu (Titan) - Wikipedia
Xanadu is een gebied op Titan, de grootste maan van Saturnus dat een stuk lichter van kleur is dan het omliggende deel.
Er bestaat vooralsnog geen bewijs voor de aanwezigheid van stromende vloeistoffen en oceanen op titan; de uitgestrekte vlakten rondom Xanadu bevatten uitgestrekte zandduinen.
Het grote lichte deel op de foto rechts is het gebied dat Xanadu wordt genoemd.
nl.wikipedia.org /wiki/Xanadu_(Titan)   (198 words)

 Misión Cassini
Nuevas imágenes obtenidas mediante radar muestran que la región de Xanadu en Titán, un área brillante muy destacada de esta luna, presenta formaciones geológicas similares a las existentes en la Tierra.
A partir de estos datos se aprecia claramente que xanadu es un área rodeada de terrenos oscuros que podrían tratarse de materiales deslizados.
En xanadu, el metano líquido caería como lluvia o procedería de manantiales.
www.astroenlazador.com /article.php3?id_article=338   (954 words)

 Spaceflight Now | Cassini | Titan's Xanadu region appears as Earth-like land
It bounces radio signals off Titan's surface and times their return.
"Although Titan gets far less sunlight and is much smaller and colder than Earth, Xanadu is no longer just a mere bright spot, but a land where rivers flow down to a sunless sea," said Lunine.
On bright Xanadu, liquid methane might fall as rain or trickle from springs.
www.spaceflightnow.com /cassini/060719titan.html   (939 words)

 UFO Area - Earth-like Land on Titan
Radar images show that the region, named Xanadu, is surrounded by darker terrain, reminiscent of a free-standing landmass.
At Titan's frigid temperatures, the liquid cannot be water; it must be methane or ethane.
Rivers of methane might carve Xanadu's channels and carry off grains of material to accumulate as sand dunes elsewhere on Titan.
www.ufoarea.com /universe_nasacass.html   (655 words)

 Scientists find the lakes they were looking for ... on Titan | csmonitor.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
They had long suspected that Titan had a version of Earth's water cycle, but until now had no evidence of standing bodies of liquids that should be part of that cycle.
The tantalizing part, he says, is that each time Cassini swings by Titan and beams data back, it's like turning a page in a novel that you can't put down.
In the current edition of the journal Nature, one research team suggests that as much as 60 percent of the moon is shrouded by a thin cloud layer that rains a hydrocarbon drizzle - covering the surface with a layer of hydrocarbon mush.
www.csmonitor.com /2006/0801/p04s01-usgn.html   (913 words)

 They released the entire Cassini RADAR swath across Xanadu! - The Planetary Society Blog | The Planetary Society
The April 30, 2006 RADAR swath on Titan covered a region just south of the equator, complementary to the region sampled in the previous flyby (T8, October 28, 2005).
In a relatively radar-dark region of eastern Xanadu, Titan, there are a few bright hills that appear to be connected by channels.
Among the dark stuff there are a few bright splotches, which, judging from some very strongly reflective bits in their interiors that are perpendicular to the radar incidence angle (radar illumination is from the top), are probably topographic features -- that is, hills.
www.planetary.org /blog/article/00000649   (1309 words)

 RedOrbit - Images Of The Day - Xanadu on Titan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
This image of Titan was acquired on April 30, 2006, by Cassini's radar instrument in synthetic-aperture mode over the continent-sized region called Xanadu.
Xanadu is one of the brightest areas on Titan, measuring about 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) east to west and 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles) north to south.
On Xanadu, most of the geologic forces that modify Earth's surface can be found.
www.redorbit.com /images/images-of-the-day/img/12501/xanadu_on_titan/index.html   (264 words)

 NASA :: Cassini Reveals Titan's Earth-Like Xanadu Region
More channels snake through the eastern part of Xanadu, ending on a dark plain where dunes, abundant elsewhere, seem absent.
On Xanadu, liquid methane might fall as rain or trickle from springs.
In the next two years the orbiter will fly by Titan 29 times, nearly twice as many encounters as in the first half of Cassini's four- year prime mission.
sev.prnewswire.com /aerospace-defense/20060719/DCW04219072006-1.html   (624 words)

 CICLOPS Public Website
Though clouds are sparse, Titan's atmosphere is clearly dynamic and its upper layers of haze are finely structured.
Soon after leaving Titan, we slipped by the icy, airless moon Dione for a magnified view of the puzzling bright wisps, discovered by Voyager 24 years ago, that criss-cross its trailing hemisphere and for which Dione is renowned.
By dint of a few detailed images, we found the mother lode on Dione that we came to find: the wisps of Dione are not thick ice deposits as some had previously surmised but a complex pattern of fine, braided fractures whose clean icy cliff faces give the region its bright white appearance from afar.
ciclops.org /index.php?id=702   (544 words)

 Saturn Moon Titan's Cassini-Huygens Space Faring Robot Lander Webcast Report
During the course of the unfolding Titan mission presentations, several striking public outreach works of space art and music were introduced.
A recent flyby of Saturn's hazy moon Titan by the Cassini spacecraft has revealed evidence of a possible volcano, which could be a source of methane in Titan's atmosphere...Images...show a circular feature roughly 30 kilometers (19 miles) in diameter that does not resemble any features seen on Saturn's other icy moons.
"Titan's aerosols play an important role in determining atmospheric thermal structure...of prime importance...ammonia is not present as a gas in the atmosphere, hence the aerosols must include the results of chemical reactions that may have produced complex organic molecules.
www.robots.org /Huygens.htm   (2573 words)

 My UFO Blog: Cassini Reveals Titan's Xanadu Region to Be an Earth-Like Land
Cassini Reveals Titan's Xanadu Region to Be an Earth-Like Land
Image Below: Partial view of radar image of Titan, with a focus on an area called Xanadu.
Image Above: This radar image shows a network of river channels at Xanadu, the continent-sized region on Saturn's moon Titan.
www.myufo.com /2006/07/cassini_reveals_titans_xanadu.html   (735 words)

On Titan, the children remained in public school, but were moved into a semi-private school during their time on Earth.
When he was enrolled into the public school system on Titan, his studiousness laxed, both because his advanced placement was still below his current educational level and because the public educational system on Titan is less strenuous overall, compared to the private schools he once attended.
He was also tapped by his mother’s company to model their new young men’s fashion line and soon became popular among the photographers, not only because of his looks, but because he often helped set up the shoot and helped repair faulty lighting equipment.
www.ussmiranda.com /bios/carneiro.htm   (2579 words)

 Xanadu (disambiguation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Most uses of the word trace its origins to Xanadu, the summer capital of Kublai Khan's empire.
Xanadu (Citizen Kane), the fictional mansion built by Charles Foster Kane in the film Citizen Kane
Xanadu, the writers' retreat in Timequake, by Kurt Vonnegut
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Xanadu_(disambiguation)   (381 words)

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