The identification of liquid ethane in Titan’s Ontario Lacus

  title={The identification of liquid ethane in Titan’s Ontario Lacus},
  author={Robert H. Brown and Laurence A. Soderblom and Jason M. Soderblom and Roger N. Clark and Ralf Jaumann and Jason W. Barnes and Christophe Sotin and Bonnie J. Buratti and Kevin H. Baines and Philip D. Nicholson},
Titan was once thought to have global oceans of light hydrocarbons on its surface, but after 40 close flybys of Titan by the Cassini spacecraft, it has become clear that no such oceans exist. There are, however, features similar to terrestrial lakes and seas, and widespread evidence for fluvial erosion, presumably driven by precipitation of liquid methane from Titan’s dense, nitrogen-dominated atmosphere. Here we report infrared spectroscopic data, obtained by the Visual and Infrared Mapping… Expand

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