PIA07238: Water Ice and Methane Springs
Target Name: Titan
Is a satellite of: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Huygens Probe
Instrument: Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer
Product Size: 315 x 508 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: European Space Agency (ESA)
Primary Data Set: Cassini
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A single Huygens Descent Imager/ Spectral Radiometer (DISR) instrument image shows two new features on the surface of Titan. A bright linear feature suggests an area where water ice may have been extruded onto the surface. Also visible are short, stubby dark channels that may have been formed by 'springs' of liquid methane rather than methane 'rain.'

The Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer is one of two NASA instruments on the probe.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The Descent Imager/Spectral team is based at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit, http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov. For more information about the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer visit http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~kholso/.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/ESA/University of Arizona

Image Addition Date:
2005-01-21