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August 07, 2009

Bless the Maker and all His Water


Universe Today reports the best news I have read in some time, thoughtfully including an illustrative map of Titan (pdf file) made possible thanks to the Cassini fly-by.

Titan's mysterious dark plains will be named after planets in the series of "Dune" science fiction novels by author Frank Herbert. The US Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center announced the first plain or "planitia" given a name will be designated as Chusuk Planitia. Chusuk was a planet from the Dune series, known for its musical instruments.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 7, 2009 08:54 AM


Arrakis or Rakis Planitia? Salusa or Salusa Secundus Planitia?

And, what was the energy source for the sandworms? The difference in heat between the surface sand and deeper sand?

Who invented liquid soap and why?

Posted by: JohnAnnArbor [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2009 04:27 PM