|Diameter||1,170 km[note 1]|
Kraken Mare is the largest known body of liquid on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. It was discovered in 2007 by the Cassini probe and was named in 2008 after the Kraken, a legendary sea monster.
At 400,000 km², Kraken Mare is believed to be the largest of numerous seas and lakes in Titan's north polar region. Its status as a sea of hydrocarbons was identified by radar imagery. Only a portion of the sea has been imaged by radar, but its wider extent is indicated in visible light/infrared images that indicate a larger expanse. Kraken Mare is believed to be similar in size to the Caspian Sea.
An island in the sea is named Mayda Insula.
As part of the proposed Titan Saturn System Mission, a probe would splash down on Kraken Mare in order to scrutinize its composition, depth and numerous other properties.
Specular reflection off Jingpo Lacus in the Kraken Mare region, observed by Cassini on July 8, 2009.
- The USGS web site gives the size as a "diameter", but it is actually the length in the longest dimension.
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