By Meghan Bartels
Saturn’s strange moon Titan hides many of its secrets behind layers and layers of thick haze, but scientists have now peered through the haze in a new way — and spotted a massive stretch of water ice to boot.
That ice block stretches across nearly half of Titan’s girth. The feature was a surprise companion to the patches of water ice scientists expected to find, and they aren’t positive precisely what sort of geologic feature it might indicate. The research is based on data gathered by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which spent 13 years studying the Saturn system and made more than 100 flybys of the massive moon before self-destructing in September 2017.
“It’s a good example of how we’re doing really well at continuing to mine these amazing Cassini data for new results,” Jani Radebaugh, a planetary scientist at Brigham Young University in Utah who wasn’t involved in the new research, told Space.com. “We’re far from being finished with understanding Titan to the degree we can with Cassini.”
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