Specular reflection on Titan: Liquids in Kraken Mare
After more than 50 close flybys of Titan by the Cassini spacecraft, it has become evident that features similar in morphology to terrestrial lakes and seas exist in Titan's polar regions. As Titan progresses into northern spring, the much more numerous and larger lakes and seas in the north-polar region suggested by Cassini RADAR data, are becoming directly illuminated for the first time since the arrival of the Cassini spacecraft. This allows the Cassini optical instruments to search for specular reflections to provide further confirmation that liquids are present in these evident lakes. On July 8, 2009 Cassini VIMS detected a specular reflection in the north-polar region of Titan associated with Kraken Mare, one of Titan's large, presumed seas, indicating the lake's surface is smooth and free of scatterers with respect to the wavelength of 5 μm, where VIMS detected the specular signal, strongly suggesting it is liquid.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Specular reflection on Titan: Liquids in Kraken Mare|
|Series title||Geophysical Research Letters|
|Contributing office(s)||Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center|
|Description||Article L07104; 5 p.|