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Mammoth Cloud Engulfs Titan's North Pole
Monday, February 05, 2007
By Ker Than
A mammoth cloud half the size of the contiguous United States and spotted on Saturn's moon Titan might be what's filling up lakes discovered there last year, scientists say.
"This cloud system may be a key element in the global formation of organics and their interactions with the surface," said study team member Christophe Sotin of the University of Nantes in France.
Imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 29, 2006, the cloud is about 1,500 miles (2,400 km) in diameter and engulfs Titan's entire north pole. It only recently became visible, emerging from a shadow as winter turns to spring on the moon.
SOURCE | FOX News