PIA16846: A Sprinkling of Little Lakes
 Target Name:  Titan
 Is a satellite of:  Saturn
 Mission:  Cassini-Huygens
 Spacecraft:  Cassini Orbiter
 Instrument:  Radar Mapper
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
 Product Size:  1159 x 1146 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  University of Arizona
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA16846.tif (3.986 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA16846.jpg (242.8 kB)

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Three new small lakes, 100 to 300 square miles (a few hundreds of square kilometers) in surface area, have been identified on Saturn's moon Titan in data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. In the image from Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer at the bottom part of the image, Freeman, Cardiel and a lake currently designated as VIMSNN4 join the cast of small lakes already discovered by Cassini's radar. Towada (VIMSNN3) is a lake originally seen in radar data that was also seen in the VIMS data. Radar views of some of the lakes are shown as the insets.

Studies of the surface areas of these small lakes can yield big results in determining the evolution of liquid bodies on Titan, and shed light on the past and future of methane in shaping Titan's environment.

The VIMS images were taken in 2010. The radar images were taken in 2007.

Another view of these lakes is also available at PIA16844.

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 mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team is based at the University of Arizona, Tucson. The radar instrument was built by JPL and the Italian Space Agency, working with team members from the United States and several European countries.

For more information on Cassini, visit http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

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