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The Great Titanian Ocean

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Mar 2, 2001
Cyprus is set to start on June 11, 2004. On that same day, the Cassini space probe, weighing 6 tons and launched in '97, will finally reach Saturn. Then, a few months later, the Cassini probe will detach the Huygens probe, which will land on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. I think this may be of interest to divers everywhere, because there, on Titan, is the only other great ocean in the solar system; a huge ocean of black liquid (liquid ethane/methane), which covers up to half the moon. Titan has an atmosphere as dense as the Earth, a pinkish purple sky, with methane/ethane clouds, methane/ethane rain, methane/ethane snow capped mountains, and the giant methane/ethane ocean. The Huygens probe will attempt to land on the shoreline of the black ocean. Perhaps in the future we will launch a freediving expedition to Titan!

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Eric Fattah
BC, Canada

Well, Cassini flies by Saturn's moon Phoebe on June 11 on its way in, but it actually enters orbit around the ringed planet itself on July 1.

Re the freediving expedition ... temps on Titan's surface are estimated at -289 F (-178 C). That'd call for a heck of an exposure suit ...
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