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Saturn as seen from the surface of its smog-shrouded moon Titan; organonitrogen haze; hydrocarbon haze; tholin; anti-greenhouse effect; gas giant; jovian planet; planetary rings; ring system; crescent; oblate spheroid - Space Art Illustration
 

Titan Revealed

It is not known what lies beneath Titan's obscuring haze.* What is known is that Titan's atmosphere is one-and-a-half times as dense as the Earth's at sea level, and its composition is roughly 90% nitrogen and 10% other complex molecules such as methane (compare this to the Earth's atmosphere which is 78% nitrogen and 20% oxygen). Sadly, Titan's thick haze would make it unlikely that a visitor to Titan's surface could look up into the sky and see Saturn itself, but what the heck.

* Since late 2004  much new is being learned about Saturn and its satellites due to the tremendous success of NASA's and ESA's ongoing Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn.

Titan Revealed took 2nd Place at The Arts Alliance Center At Clear Lake - 2000 Digital Space Art Competition.

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