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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has sent back images of what the space agency says is “the first time images have revealed a river system this vast and in such high resolution anywhere other than Earth”. NASA image mini-Nile NASA image: Mini-Nile on Titan The river system on Saturn’s moon Titan has tickled the scientists because …


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  1. LarsG

    Get the canoe out and don't forget the paddles.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      And unlike explorers of old, leave the tobacco pipe at home. One spark in the wrong place and the whole lot will go up!

      1. Fibbles

        Only if you find some oxygen first...

        1. AdamT

          well, he'd probably have taken some with him? For the breathing and everything?

  2. Anonymous Coward

    Maybe you can Oxbridge to race sculls down it....

    You can call it "Clash of the Titan"!

    1. Thorne

      Re: Maybe you can Oxbridge to race sculls down it....

      And don't forget your woolies

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Maybe you can Oxbridge to race sculls down it....

      You could - 100s of years ago when racing was done for fun and participants were properly laced with ethanol. In those years moving them to Titan would have been moving them from one natural alcohol environment to another.

      Today - not so much.

  3. Phil E Succour

    I don't believe NASA have discovered an extra-terrestrial river

    I’m In De Nile

  4. Allan George Dyer Silver badge

    It has a "resemblance to the river Nile"? Sure, but if they turn the photo 90° clockwise, it's the spitting image of the Amazon.

    1. Martin Budden
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      Or 90 deg the other way and it looks like the Gambia River.

    2. VinceH

      "if they turn the photo 90° clockwise, it's the spitting image of the Amazon."

      That'll teach 'em! They won't use Apple Maps to for the navigation system on their next space probe!

    3. MrT

      But I can see...

      ... Pat Butcher's house, so it can't be the Nile.

      Pat - Titan, and proof that drinking hydrocarbons is not good for the skin.

  5. Paul Hovnanian Silver badge

    Moon river

    wider than a mile

    I'm crossing you in style


  6. James Micallef Silver badge
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    "I'm crossing you in style"

    Given a surface gravity of 0.14g, you can probably jump across. In Ballerina pointy leap, of course, to be stylish

    1. Magister

      A "Grand Jeté" - to be followed by a "Grand Guignol" if you don't quite make it!

  7. fawlty

    Liquid Hydrocarbons eh?

    uh-oh Titan, look out, you're next on the axis of evil...

  8. Silverburn

    400km river full of hydrocarbons

    Wow...BP would be so proud...

  9. Adair Silver badge

    I'm looking out for...

    ...the gigantic Harkonen refinery floating on a sea of hydrocarbons.

    1. arrbee
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      Re: I'm looking out for...

      In this neck of the woods it is more likely to be Halliburton.

  10. YARR

    With all due respect to the team operating this...

    ... but why did it take 8.5 Earth-years of orbits to obtain these images?

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