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Odd Spot on Titan Baffles Scientists
NASA ^ | 05-25-05 | Carolina Martinez

Posted on 05/30/2005 3:51:45 PM PDT by Imperialist

Saturn's moon Titan shows an unusual bright spot that has scientists mystified. The spot, approximately the size and shape of West Virginia, is just southeast of the bright region called Xanadu and is visible to multiple instruments on the Cassini spacecraft.

The 483-kilometer-wide (300-mile) region may be a "hot" spot -- an area possibly warmed by a recent asteroid impact or by a mixture of water ice and ammonia from a warm interior, oozing out of an ice volcano onto colder surrounding terrain. Other possibilities for the unusual bright spot include landscape features holding clouds in place or unusual materials on the surface.

(Excerpt) Read more at nasa.gov ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: callingartbell; cassini; robertbyrd; saturn; space; titan; xanadu

1 posted on 05/30/2005 3:51:45 PM PDT by Imperialist
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To: Imperialist

It's a Motel Six - they've left the lights on for us.


2 posted on 05/30/2005 3:54:30 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (The Crew Chief's Toolbox: A roll around cabinet full of specialists.)
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To: Tennessee_Bob

Maybe they are checking out our lander!


3 posted on 05/30/2005 3:56:30 PM PDT by Imperialist
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To: Imperialist

Tinians returning home from bowling?


4 posted on 05/30/2005 3:57:11 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Imperialist

It could onlt be an alien city. No other possiblity.


5 posted on 05/30/2005 3:58:15 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: Imperialist

6 posted on 05/30/2005 3:58:49 PM PDT by Trinity5
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To: Imperialist

Cue "Also Sprach Zarathustra"...2010 a few years early.


7 posted on 05/30/2005 3:58:53 PM PDT by garbanzo (Free people will set the course of history)
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To: Imperialist

"We call it a shake and bake colony."


8 posted on 05/30/2005 3:59:01 PM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Imperialist

Robert Byrd has used our tax money to pay for most of West Virginia, now he has NASA imprinting the State image on a moon.


9 posted on 05/30/2005 4:06:08 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: Imperialist; KevinDavis
Saturn's moon Titan shows an unusual bright spot that has scientists mystified. The spot, approximately the size and shape of West Virginia...

"The Robert Byrd Memorial Lava Park"

10 posted on 05/30/2005 4:06:34 PM PDT by mikrofon (Space BUMP)
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To: Tennessee_Bob

Thank you, that was funny! ...motel six........


11 posted on 05/30/2005 4:07:09 PM PDT by infidel29 ("It is only the warlike power of a civilized people that can give peace to the world."- T. Roosevelt)
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To: Seruzawa

"Game over man, game over!"


12 posted on 05/30/2005 4:09:40 PM PDT by ECM
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To: Imperialist
The spot, approximately the size and shape of West Virginia ...

It's part of the Robert C. Byrd Extraterrestrial Exploration for Yet Unnamed Objects. With everything in WV now named for him, it's time to move on to new territory.

13 posted on 05/30/2005 4:10:27 PM PDT by SFConservative
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To: RightWhale; Brett66; xrp; gdc314; anymouse; RadioAstronomer; NonZeroSum; jimkress; discostu; ...

14 posted on 05/30/2005 4:11:06 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: Imperialist

Just a reflection of McCain's super-massive ego. No worries.


15 posted on 05/30/2005 4:12:44 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: Imperialist

Dry cleaning bags filled with marsh gas.


16 posted on 05/30/2005 4:14:44 PM PDT by jaz.357 (The more you bet, The less you win, When you loose.)
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To: citizencon

The sister resort to the Luxor has opened!


17 posted on 05/30/2005 4:16:59 PM PDT by princess leah (\)
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To: Trinity5

Its a baseball stadium at night


18 posted on 05/30/2005 4:26:49 PM PDT by corkoman (Overhyped)
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To: citizencon

"Just a reflection of McCain's super-massive ego"(citizencon)

LOL, that's great! It is persistent too!


19 posted on 05/30/2005 4:28:27 PM PDT by Imperialist
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To: Imperialist

It's in Xanadu? And its bright? Best little whorehouse on Titan?


20 posted on 05/30/2005 4:31:15 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Imperialist

CBS calling another blue state for Kerry?


21 posted on 05/30/2005 4:37:16 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Imperialist

Somebody spilled a really big bowl of primordial soup?


22 posted on 05/30/2005 4:56:31 PM PDT by wyattearp (The best weapon to have in a gunfight is a shotgun - preferably from ambush.)
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To: Imperialist

It's the end I tell you! It'll have a geater impact on the planet earth than France's adoption of hairy armpits.


23 posted on 05/30/2005 5:00:25 PM PDT by Eighth Square
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To: Tennessee_Bob

LOL! Good one!!


24 posted on 05/30/2005 5:01:28 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper
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To: Imperialist

AN ICE VOLCANO?


25 posted on 05/30/2005 5:08:44 PM PDT by Reconray
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To: Tennessee_Bob

You could be right. I thought it might be a be a new casino. Farrrr oouuuuttttt!


26 posted on 05/30/2005 5:27:32 PM PDT by wizr (Freedom ain't free.)
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To: Tennessee_Bob
It's a Motel Six - they've left the lights on for us. Heeheehee......hawhawhawhawhaw.......*snicker*......... :-p


27 posted on 05/30/2005 5:33:54 PM PDT by Viking2002 (.............needs more cowbell.)
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To: Larry Lucido

"CBS calling another blue state for Kerry?"(Larry Lucido)

No worries, SeeBS will have to change their call when the actual results come in. Exit polls are no good.


28 posted on 05/30/2005 5:57:41 PM PDT by Imperialist
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To: SteveMcKing

"It could onlt be an alien city. No other possiblity."

Yes, after centuries indian smoke signals still in use



29 posted on 05/30/2005 6:00:31 PM PDT by SunnySide (Ephes2:8 ByGraceYou'veBeenSavedThruFaithAGiftOfGodSoNoOneCanBoast)
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To: Imperialist
southeast of the bright region called Xanadu

Oh no. Somebody named a region of Titan after a crappy Olivia Newton John movie! Those astronomers really need to get out more.

30 posted on 05/30/2005 6:04:38 PM PDT by Drew68 (IYAOYAS! Semper Gumby!)
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To: Imperialist

"Take me home, Titan roads, to the place where I belong..."


31 posted on 05/30/2005 6:05:13 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Carnac: A siren, a baby and a liberal. Answer: Name three things that whine.)
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To: Imperialist

The Sirens turned on the porch light.


32 posted on 05/30/2005 6:24:14 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Buy 'Allah' brand urinal cakes - If you can't kill the enemy at least you can piss on their god)
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To: Imperialist
The spot, approximately the size and shape of West Virginia, is just southeast of the bright region called Xanadu . . .

Other possibilities for the unusual bright spot include landscape features holding clouds in place or unusual materials on the surface.

I'm surprised a stately pleasure-dome didn't make the list. Is the sacred river Alph nearby?

33 posted on 05/30/2005 7:59:00 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: RansomOttawa

"Is the sacred river Alph nearby?"(RansomOttawa)

LOL, yes, it is, and it supplies the water for the moat!


34 posted on 05/30/2005 9:07:54 PM PDT by Imperialist
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To: Trinity5
Hmmm...


35 posted on 05/30/2005 9:15:11 PM PDT by beezdotcom (I'm usually either right or wrong...)
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To: Imperialist
The spot, approximately the size and shape of West Virginia, is just southeast of the bright region called Xanadu...

"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree..."

Apologies to Coleridge.

36 posted on 05/30/2005 9:28:38 PM PDT by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Still teaching... or a reasonable facsimile thereof...)
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To: RansomOttawa

Arrrgh! You beat me to it...


37 posted on 05/30/2005 9:29:20 PM PDT by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Still teaching... or a reasonable facsimile thereof...)
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To: Eighth Square

The French don't adopt hairy armpits, they are born with them.


38 posted on 05/30/2005 10:51:23 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (My US Army daughter out shot everybody in her basic training company.)
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To: Imperialist

Well...must be Robert Byrd's hometown...


39 posted on 05/31/2005 6:17:18 AM PDT by RockinRight (Conservatism is common sense, liberalism is just senseless.)
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To: Imperialist

"Out, out, damned spot!"


40 posted on 05/31/2005 7:56:35 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Imperialist
Paging Sir Arthur C. Clarke. Please pick up the white courtesy comlink in the lobby of the orbital Hilton. :)


41 posted on 05/31/2005 9:26:01 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: Swordmaker

New Images of Titan Baffle Astronomers
Henry Bortman
posted: 28 October 2004
12:17 pm ET
Astrobiology Magazine
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/titan_mysteries_041028.html

Titan's smooth surface baffles scientists
LARRY COPENHAVER
Tucson Citizen
Thursday, October 28, 2004
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=local&story_id=102804a4_cassini


42 posted on 07/10/2005 8:10:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (last updated by FR profile on Tuesday, May 10, 2005.)
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