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Methane Rivers Found By Huygens

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Liquid methane appears to be flowing freely on Saturn’s moon Titan, much like water does on Earth.

The Huygens probe, currently in orbit around the planetoid, has returned images that show liquid methane rain, which then contributes to the moon’s lakes, rivers, and seas.

An article by CBC News has in depth look at the probe’s visit. According the report,

“There is liquid that is flowing on the surface of Titan. It is not water – it is much too cold,” said mission manager Jean-Pierre Lebreton at a European Space Agency news briefing in Paris.

“It’s liquid methane, and this methane really plays the same big role on Titan as water does on Earth.”

Titan is the only moon in the solar system known to have an atmosphere and scientists often compare it to a primitive Earth. But instead of water falling onto rock, as it does on Earth, Titan’s methane downpours lash through hydrocarbon clouds and erode a surface of water ice, the scientists said.

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