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Titan Unveiled by Jacqueline Mitton, Ralph Lorenz

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7. Where We Are andWhere We Are Going

As we put the finishing touches to this final chapter, the Cassini mission continues. But we have to draw a line somewhere and take stock even though new findings may be just around the corner—findings as thrilling and intriguing as those from the last Titan flyby we can include, T16 on July 22, 2006.

T16: LAKES AT LAST?

Titan had seemed almost defiant in concealing evidence of present-day surface liquids. The Ontario feature seen optically near the south pole was compelling but not completely persuasive, and the RADAR look at the south pole on T7 had been thwarted. The models that suggested Titan’s high latitudes should be damp were at least consistent with it being somewhat dry—and largely covered in sand ...

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