Sunlight on an Alien Lake

Cassini sends us this image of something scientists have been seeking for a while now: a tell-tale glint of sunlight, reflected on the surface of one of its hydrocarbon lakes.

“This one image communicates so much about Titan -- thick atmosphere, surface lakes and an otherworldliness,” said Bob Pappalardo, Cassini project scientist, based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. “It’s an unsettling combination of strangeness yet similarity to Earth. This picture is one of Cassini’s iconic images.”

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