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Huygens rediscovers Titan

The first analyses of data sent by the Huygens probe from Saturn's largest moon Titan are flooding in. They paint a picture of a ‘Peter Pan’ world — potentially like Earth, but with its development frozen at an early stage.

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Figure 1: Comparison between the atmospheres of Earth and Titan.

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Figure 2: Rivers of methane.

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