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A new 1.6-micron map of Titan’s surface

Roe, H. G. and de Pater, I. and Gibbard, S. G. and Macintosh, B. A. and Max, C. E. and Young, E. F. and Brown, M. E. and Bouchez, A. H. (2004) A new 1.6-micron map of Titan’s surface. Geophysical Research Letters, 31 (17). Art. No. L17S03. ISSN 0094-8276. doi:10.1029/2004GL019871.

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We present a new map of Titan's surface obtained in the spectral 'window' at ∼1.6 μm between strong methane absorption. This pre-Cassini view of Titan's surface was created from images obtained using adaptive optics on the W.M. Keck II telescope and is the highest resolution map yet made of Titan's surface. Numerous surface features down to the limits of the spatial resolution (∼200–300 km) are apparent. No features are easily identifiable in terms of their geologic origin, although several are likely craters.

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Additional Information:© 2004 American Geophysical Union. Received 2 March 2004; revised 13 April 2004; accepted 19 April 2004; published 17 June 2004. We thank the incredibly dedicated staff of the W. M. Keck Observatory for their hard work and R. Lorenz for a careful reading. This research was in part funded by NSF grant AST-0205893 to the University of California at Berkeley. The authors wish to recognize and acknowledge the very significant cultural role and reverence that the summit of Mauna Kea has always had within the indigenous Hawaiian community. We are most fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct observations from this mountain.
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Subject Keywords:5470 Planetology: Solid Surface Planets: Surface materials and properties; 5494 Planetology: Solid Surface Planets: Instruments and techniques; 6280 Planetology: Solar System Objects: Saturnian satellites.
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Official Citation:Roe, H. G., I. de Pater, S. G. Gibbard, B. A. Macintosh, C. E. Max, E. F. Young, M. E. Brown, and A. H. Bouchez (2004), A new 1.6-micron map of Titan’s surface, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L17S03, doi:10.1029/2004GL019871
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