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Cassini Radar Views the Surface of Titan

Elachi, C. and Muhleman, D. (2005) Cassini Radar Views the Surface of Titan. Science, 308 (5724). pp. 970-974. ISSN 0036-8075. doi:10.1126/science.1109919.

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The Cassini Titan Radar Mapper imaged about 1% of Titan's surface at a resolution of ∼0.5 kilometer, and larger areas of the globe in lower resolution modes. The images reveal a complex surface, with areas of low relief and a variety of geologic features suggestive of dome-like volcanic constructs, flows, and sinuous channels. The surface appears to be young, with few impact craters. Scattering and dielectric properties are consistent with porous ice or organics. Dark patches in the radar images show high brightness temperatures and high emissivity and are consistent with frozen hydrocarbons.

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Additional Information:© 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Received 18 January 2005; accepted 25 April 2005. We gratefully acknowledge the many years of work by many hundreds of people in the development and design of the Cassini mission that have culminated in the results presented herein. The Cassini Project is a joint endeavor of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Italian Space Agency (ASI). Cassini is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with NASA.
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