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Organic lakes on Titan

While orbiting Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft has spotted lakes containing ethane on Titan, the planet's largest moon. Titan is so far the only planetary object other than Earth that is known to have liquid bodies on its surface.

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Figure 1: Titan's methane/ethane cycle.


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