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Titan as Revealed by the Cassini Radar

Lopes, R. M. C. and Wall, S. D. and Elachi, C. and Birch, S. P. D. and Corlies, P. and Coustenis, A. and Hayes, A. G. and Hofgartner, J. D. and Janssen, M. A. and Kirk, R. L. and LeGall, A. and Lorenz, R. D. and Lunine, J. I. and Malaska, M. J. and Mastroguiseppe, M. and Mitri, G. and Neish, C. D. and Notarnicola, C. and Paganelli, F. and Paillou, P. and Poggiali, V. and Radebaugh, J. and Rodriguez, S. and Schoenfeld, A. and Soderblom, J. M. and Solomonidou, A. and Stofan, E. R. and Stiles, B. W. and Tosi, F. and Turtle, E. P. and West, R. D. and Wood, C. A. and Zebker, H. A. and Barnes, J. W. and Casarano, D. and Encrenaz, P. and Farr, T. and Grima, C. and Hemingway, D. and Karatekin, O. and Lucas, A. and Mitchell, K. L. and Ori, G. and Orosei, R. and Ries, P. and Riccio, D. and Soderblom, L. A. and Zhang, Z. (2019) Titan as Revealed by the Cassini Radar. Space Science Reviews, 215 (4). Art. No. 33. ISSN 0038-6308. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20190523-085715714

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Abstract

Titan was a mostly unknown world prior to the Cassini spacecraft’s arrival in July 2004. We review the major scientific advances made by Cassini’s Titan Radar Mapper (RADAR) during 13 years of Cassini’s exploration of Saturn and its moons. RADAR measurements revealed Titan’s surface geology, observed lakes and seas of mostly liquid methane in the polar regions, measured the depth of several lakes and seas, detected temporal changes on its surface, and provided key evidence that Titan contains an interior ocean. As a result of the Cassini mission, Titan has gone from an uncharted world to one that exhibits a variety of Earth-like geologic processes and surface-atmosphere interactions. Titan has also joined the ranks of “ocean worlds” along with Enceladus and Europa, which are prime targets for astrobiological research.


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Janssen, M. A.0000-0001-5476-731X
Lunine, J. I.0000-0003-2279-4131
Mitri, G.0000-0001-8390-458X
Poggiali, V.0000-0003-1053-3225
Solomonidou, A.0000-0002-4033-5898
Soderblom, L. A.0000-0002-0917-853X
Additional Information:© 2019 Springer Nature B.V. First Online: 21 May 2019. We thank Robert M. Nelson and an anonymous reviewer for excellent and detailed reviews that greatly improved the manuscript, and Phil Callahan for an informal review and helpful suggestions for improvement. Part of this work was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of technology, under contract with NASA. Copyright 2018, California Institute of Technology. Government sponsorship is acknowledged.
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Subject Keywords:Titan; Cassini; Radar
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Official Citation:Lopes, R.M.C., Wall, S.D., Elachi, C. et al. Space Sci Rev (2019) 215: 33. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-019-0598-6
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