Source Pravda.Ru

Cassini spacecraft takes closer shots of Saturn's Titan

&to=http://english.pravda.ru/society/2000/12/31/1817.html' target=_blank>The Cassini spacecraft has sent back images of Saturn's moon Titan giving scientists the closest views yet of the mysterious satellite.

The shots were beamed back to a &to=http://english.pravda.ru/science/19/94/378/12181_.html' target=_blank>NASA antenna based in Madrid, Spain, on Wednesday. The probe went within 1,200km of the moon, 300 times closer than its first flyby in July.

But, so far, there is no sign of the oceans of ethane and methane thought to exist on the moon's surface. The photos reveal more detail on the surface than ever before, showing sharply defined areas of light and dark, reports Sofia News Agency.

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