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Titanic Lakes
Titan Lakes

Behold some 400 “lakes and seas” on Saturn's moon, Titan, as captured by the spacecraft Cassini. Rendered with the auric exuberance of Klimt and the bold angularity of Schiele, through complicated parabolas and hyperbolas, one wonders if NASA astronomers and computer scientists aren't attempting to formulate an official visual style. Instead of sci-fi realism, extraterrestrial landscapes and future colonized worlds will be illustrated in a sort of hyperdecorative post-art nouveau style. Or not.

In any case, as the above resized image does no justice to the original, you should download the full satellite composite image, either the 10MB jpeg version or the 186MB tiff version.

Sugimoto in Titan
  • Jean-Simon DesRochers
  • February 24, 2008 at 8:19:00 AM CST
  • Hum, Titan is a moon orbiting around Saturn, not Jupiter.

  • Alexander Trevi
  • February 24, 2008 at 8:36:00 AM CST
  • Oops! Titan has been returned to its correct orbit.

  • Unknown
  • March 1, 2008 at 7:25:00 PM CST
  • Your note about an official visual style reminded me of these USGS maps of lunar geology. Hoovering so many feeds these days I probably saw them first here. ;)

  • Alexander Trevi
  • March 1, 2008 at 8:09:00 PM CST
  • Hey HC, those lunar maps are here.

    And the Ganymede maps are here.

    Now I'm trying to think if I had posted others. Thinking, thinking...

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