Titanium can generate slow tsunami

01.04.2004

01.04.2004


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British scientist Nadeem Ghafoor (Nadeem Ghafoor) of the Surrey Space Centre (Surrey Satellite Technology) believes that the oceans on Titan is capable of generating waves that are seven times higher than their "colleagues" in the world.

Judging from telescopic observations and work with computer models, the oceans on Titan, mainly contain ethane and methane.

And because the gravity of Saturn's moon — about one-seventh of the earth, the waves are expected to behave differently than on our planet.

Bandwidth waves depends on the composition and density of the atmosphere, and the wind velocity — scientists believe that it is not high, about 20 km / h.

Ghafoor, summing up all the factors, concludes that the person being on Titan, it would seem that the giant waves are moving in slow motion:

"Even if the surface around us seemed to be flat and deceptively calm, we could see in the distance is quite high and slow wave bearing down on us — a wave that bury us under a".

Of course, all of this is only speculation. Bring clarity to the mission of NASA's Cassini-Huygens: a spaceship to get to the goal in January 2005.

He landed on Titan's surface, even if it turns out the ocean of methane and ethane. The device must in any case to work for two hours, to measure and transmit data to the Earth.

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