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Spring 2014 Edition, Target 2: Titan

Spring 2014 Edition, Target 2: Titan

The Cassini spacecraft launched in October 1997 and took seven years to travel to Saturn. On June 30, 2014 we will celebrate Cassini's 10th anniversary orbiting Saturn. Cassini uses its cameras and other instruments to learn about Saturn and its rings and moons. All images taken by the spacecraft are available on this website.

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Titan's Kraken Mare

The Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and spies the huge Kraken Mare in the moon's north.
Kraken Mare, a large sea of liquid hydrocarbons, is visible as a dark area near the top of the image.

Flying over an Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes
This colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission takes viewers over the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes. Titan is the only world in our solar system other than Earth that has stable liquid on its surface. The liquid in Titan's lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane.
Flying over Titan
About Titan
In many respects, Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is one of the most Earth-like worlds we have found to date. With its thick atmosphere and organic-rich chemistry, Titan resembles a frozen version of Earth, several billion years ago, before life began pumping oxygen into our atmosphere.