NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Finds Liquid-filled Canyons on Saturn’s Moon Titan

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Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is home to massive canyons flooded with liquid hydrocarbons, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed 2013 data from NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft to determine that dark channels branching out from Titan’s Ligeia Mar sea are filled with liquid, according to the study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

The research marks the first time scientists have evidence there are liquid-filled canyons on Titan, NASA said in a statement.

“The branching channels appear dark in radar images, much like Titan’s methane-rich seas,” according to NASA. “Previously it wasn’t clear if the dark material was liquid or merely saturated sediment.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Mary Bowerman