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(Some photo stitcher)   Panoramas from Titan. *WOW* is about all we can add   ( divider line
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2005-01-16 4:19:54 PM  
Some very interesting pictures but what happened to the rivers/lakes?
2005-01-16 4:29:16 PM  
And for that matter, where the fark are the Oompa-Loompas?
2005-01-16 4:34:58 PM  
Damn, those really do look like fluvial structures.
2005-01-16 4:42:52 PM  
Looks like Iceland, except with slightly more vegitation.
2005-01-16 4:44:03 PM  
The pictures really did turn out better than I thought they would. These are most excellent.

Righteous job, NASA dudes.
2005-01-16 4:49:41 PM  
I'm liking those animated gifs at the bottom of the page. The first one makes it look like it was snowing. Heh.

The second one shows the decent pretty well once it gets going.

2005-01-16 4:50:37 PM  

2005-01-16 4:50:47 PM  
So, am I right in understanding that these composite images were photoshopped by amature graphic designers from an IRC channel?

Dude, you gotta love the internets.
2005-01-16 4:53:58 PM  
We have shown, however, to be able to bring composited images online earlier than ESA/NASA!

Some very nice shots, indeed. Definitely an accomplishment by ESA and the instrument PIs. Hopefully we'll hear some about some first-results from the non-visual instruments soon.

However, I think the PR "blame" falls squarely on ESA. They did a miserable job of releasing information (ie, pictures) from the landing. I understand that it can take time to process and interpret the raw data, but NASA/JPL did a great job with the Mars Rovers...

I watched both landings, and there was a palpable tension watching the live video (and informed commentary) from the control room. When the first images came in, we saw it live again, and the raw images were quickly available on the MER website.

The Huygens coverage, in contrast, seemed to be limited to generic canned commentary about the mission. Success was apparently only from a passing mention that there was a cheer in the control room. I just checked ESA's web site again, and can only find 2 or 3 images (no raw images at all). They seem to be stuck in the pre-Internet pattern of "we'll tell you what we want, when we want you to know it." There were also some stories about ESA telling NASA to yank these early pictures from their website because ESA wanted to control when they were released.
2005-01-16 5:05:39 PM  
I saw my house in one of those.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-01-16 6:15:58 PM  
It's remarkable how earthlike those pictures look, all things considered.
2005-01-16 6:56:42 PM  
ZAZ: It's remarkable how earthlike those pictures look, all things considered.

That's because it didn't really *land* on Titan. What you are looking at is the desert around Area 51. The same place the Moon landings were filmed!

ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-01-16 7:23:54 PM  

I was all set to say you're stupid because that's obviously not a desert...then I remembered all the rain in the Southwest recently.
2005-01-16 8:32:40 PM  
That's ok submitter, I think a lot of Regular Farkers will be able to add some words.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-01-16 9:22:50 PM  
The page asks people to make mirrors. It also boasts of surviving slashdot, but just in case Fark is the straw the breaks the camel's back I made a temporary mirror: directory with image files, copy of entry page with links adjusted to point to mirror.
2005-01-16 10:44:52 PM  
With nothing but colour added it's easy to see that this Saturday ESA picture[image from too old to be available]

shows a foggy, snow covered shoreline, clear liquid ethane "water" and a surf beach. You can even see waves breaking at the lower right, and subsurface murk where that stream on the right empties into the bay.
2005-01-16 11:33:52 PM  
2005-01-16 11:35:17 PM  
Is that Pauly Shore I see in the background ?
2005-01-16 11:37:56 PM  
best pic so far imho
2005-01-16 11:38:04 PM  
Brian O'Blivion:
shows a foggy, snow covered shoreline, clear liquid ethane "water" and a surf beach. You can even see waves breaking at the lower right, and subsurface murk where that stream on the right empties into the bay

Except that the probe landed on the black part - Saturn was apparently below the horizon from the probe's perspective. The tide may have been out. Or at least that seems to be the consensus I've seen thus far. That would make the rounded, eroded ice "rocks" at the landing site part of an extensive beach system awaiting the return of the methane tide.

Big-ass Saturn could cause immense tides.
2005-01-16 11:38:40 PM  
Ok. I've been following this and I am in awe. If the pictures that are on this site haven't been PS'd into oblivion; waves and, just wow.
2005-01-16 11:41:41 PM  
2005-01-16 11:42:05 PM  
Very farked
2005-01-16 11:45:04 PM  
This is absolutely mind-bending.

Holy shiat
2005-01-16 11:47:14 PM  
"Farked" is about all I can add
2005-01-16 11:48:39 PM  
2005-01-16 11:48:43 PM  
Wish the lander had ended up higher up with a view of the beach...and an mpeg capable cam. :)

Watching a quick movie of the waves rolling in from the ethane ocean woulda been the bomb.

I'm not sure how they might have done this but...they pretty much knew they'd find a ton of methane and ethane on Titan. I wonder, given that these are two readily available sources of fuel, if they gave any thought at all to a system powered by the local fuel sources. Collection of such should have been rather easy. I'm just curious if they ever considered it so that the mission might have lasted longer.
2005-01-16 11:48:50 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

Neat stuff...
2005-01-16 11:48:53 PM  
The latest photo from Saturn:
2005-01-16 11:50:44 PM  
ZAZ posted a mirror, you know.
2005-01-16 11:50:44 PM  
Bah, these sites hosting the pictures blow. Each time they've been farked.
2005-01-16 11:51:02 PM  
Yeah.. Fantastic. We can send a probe a trillion miles away from home, but we'll be damned if we can keep our website up!
2005-01-16 11:51:11 PM  
all fake
2005-01-16 11:51:50 PM  

Considering that, here on FARK, we have talked about a craft powered by the atmosphere on Titan (bring your own oxydizer) a million times, I'm sure NASA/ESA's considered it at least once.
2005-01-16 11:51:58 PM  
Hey I have a question for you biologists who might be in here. Why is it not possible for the liquid methane here to act as water on Earth allowing for some form of life? Although, it would be very slow moving life I'm sure seeing how cold it is, but there IS energy. I've never known why it's assumed water is needed for life just because water is needed for our life. Surely there's a reason?
2005-01-16 11:54:57 PM  
something to do with water losing its hydrogen easier then methane (carbon bond instead of oxygen bond)
2005-01-16 11:55:48 PM  

Hahahaha! Too funny!
2005-01-16 11:55:56 PM  
I have to agree with you picturescrazy, it's a little premature to rule out life in such an environment. I think recently some scientists found silica based lifeforms here on Earth, just about anything is possible.
2005-01-16 11:56:04 PM  
haha, I read "paranormals from Titan". How disappointed I am.
2005-01-16 11:56:38 PM  

Good question. I've always wondered that myself. Hopefully someone can give us an intelligent answer.
2005-01-16 11:57:45 PM  
If you lit a match on Titan, would the whole planet just asplode?
2005-01-16 11:57:49 PM  
heh heh. Hydrocarbon seas..

Hail Cybertron!
2005-01-16 11:59:35 PM  
<b>annoyed_grunt</b>, I think there has to be oxygen for it to ignite.
2005-01-16 11:59:57 PM  
2005-01-17 12:00:15 AM  
Titan? I think not. Where are the Sirens?

Where is the "plumber's helper" from Tralfamadore?
2005-01-17 12:00:22 AM  
I guess the first sea-side hotel on this moon should be named the Titanic.
2005-01-17 12:02:01 AM  
[image from too old to be available]

2005-01-17 12:02:03 AM  
There exist bacteria that survive on methane alone

Here is an interesting webpage explaining the oddities that exist on this planet with regards to life and methane. click and pop
2005-01-17 12:02:07 AM  
Ha, ha, Sausage made me look! ;)

/original post was going to be SURF'S UP prior to S-boy trippin' me up....
2005-01-17 12:02:16 AM  

Here's some food for thought:
The first life forms on earth are believed to have been anaerobic, meaning they did not breathe oxygen. When life formed over a billion years ago, the entirety of the earth was different than we know it today. Makes me wonder if life can form in vastly different ways under different circumstances. Hell, maybe some life out there isn't even carbon-based.
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