Thursday, June 09, 2005

More on the VIMS Snail (or Titan Volcano)

Released yesterday by the VIMS team after I had gone home for the day, is this mosaic of images taken during the TA flyby in October of the "snail" feature. Resolution in this image varys from 2.6 km per pixel for the background image to 1.8 km per pixel for the higher resolution image.

In other "Snail" news, the Astrobiology magazine has an article on the feature, largely based on the press release associated with the Nature letter. There is, however, a great quote from Ralph Lorenz, a member of the Cassini RADAR team:

"It might well be a volcano, but it would be hard to say for sure without RADAR data," says Lorenz. "It looks as much like a giant cat poo as it does a volcano."

I, um, couldn't have said it better myself.


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