20,000 Leagues Under Titan

Sometime in the future, NASA plans to send a submersible to explore an alien marine environment.

The mission will plumb the deapths of the largest hydrocarbon lake on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan: Kraken Mare. At minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s beyond cold. It isn’t tranquil either, fit for gentle sailing. It’s known to have choppy waves, churned by tides.

h/t: DISCOVERY NEWS

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19 thoughts on “20,000 Leagues Under Titan

      1. Doing fine. Been away a bit from the blogosphere. Catching up. Hope Life is treating you well. You’re in NY if I recall. How are you holding up with the storms?
        🙂

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      2. Reading is a good snow-storm activity, preferably with a log-fire in the chimney, a furry cat curled on your lap, and a snifter of Cognac nearby. What are you reading? 🙂

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      3. Looked him up. (OMG, he’s from 1952!)
        I’ll definitely buy a copy in may when I go to Washington DC. Did you read Frank herbert’s Dune?

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      4. I’m not quite sure I like the idea of 1952 (or 1953 in my case) being qualified as an “era”! 😦
        (A golden age maybe?) 🙂
        Do get to Dune whenever you can. It is a remarkable analysis of power (amongst other things) particularly in Heretics and the last volume Chapterhouse: Dune. (Which means you will have to read them all. 🙂
        Take care o’ yourself.
        B.

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      5. Yeah. I lived that in Africa. There was an island off the coast of Conakry called Roume. 60-62 (in between the bay of pigs, the Cuba missiles, Kennedy’s assassination, I remember it) we’d sail to the island on sundays. The western europeans and americans were on one beach. The russians on another, just around the island. Never a word exchanged!
        Be good

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      6. East Africa? You don’t say! Mzuri sana Memsahib! (Wewe nasekiya kiswahili?) 🙂
        My father was an Air France man. So we were stationed in freshly independent Guinea from 59 to 64. Then 3 years in Holland (I still have those wonderful KLM porcelain houses youmentioned in one post. Then Kenya from ’67 to ’71. And I finished high school at the french Lycée in Addis-Ababa, in Ethiopia, the only french school thousands of miles from Nairobi. What took you there?
        Kwaheri sassa Memsahib!
        (I believe they say “mama” now, but the hindustani “Memsahib” I like better. Carries a weight of pride and elegance, doesn’t it?)
        Take care, and may the River be with you! 🙂

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      7. My dad was with the U.N. back in the day when he was on assignment to Uganda. So that’s what us to places in Africa: Nairobi, Entebbe, Mbabane, Johannesburg. I take it that that language is Swahili:) IF it is, then, I don’t know a word of it. Air France used to be one of my favorite airlines. Yes, “memsahib” would be how an Indian addressed a Western lady, more specifically, a Caucasian woman, in the colonial days. It’s elegant, yes. What’s the “River?” I’m afraid I have to plead ignorance:)

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      8. U.N.? Great. We had a lot of UNDP and FAO friends in Nairobi. Must have been a fascinating experience for you. Yes it is Swahili. I still mumble a few words. The “River”? When we first got “acquainted”, I remembered a friend of mine from Sri Lanka whose name was Ananda. Budha’s first cousin as I’m sure you know. So I googled your name. 🙂 And Alaknanda or Alakananda is a hymalayan river, the source of the Ganges or a tributary depending on the sources. (No pun intended!) So. You are a “River” 🙂 Or wear a River’s name!
        Kwaheri sassa means “see you presently”.
        Take care
        Brian

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      9. It was best, best time of my life. New places. New kinds of food. Traveling. Ah, yes, “Alakananda” is the name of a mighty Himalayan river. A tempestuous river, at that:) I see you’re fluent in Swahili among a few other tongues we well. I used to speak French. And now, that’s gone rusty too.

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      10. Just got wayyyyy better last week. mid twenties C. Sun. No rain. We’ll be good until May, when the local Monsoon starts hitting! Be good.

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