Shangri-La (Titan)

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Shangri-La
Titan globe.jpg
Shangri-La is the large, dark region at the centre of this image of Titan
Feature typeDark albedo feature
Coordinates10°S 165°W / 10°S 165°W / -10; -165Coordinates: 10°S 165°W / 10°S 165°W / -10; -165
EponymShangri-La

Shangri-La is a large, dark region of Saturn's moon Titan at 10°S 165°W / 10°S 165°W / -10; -165[1]. It is named after Shangri-La, the mythical paradise in Tibet. It is thought to be an immense plain of dark material. It is thought that these regions of Titan were seas, but that they are now dry.

Shangri-La is studded with bright 'islands' of higher ground. It is bounded by the larger regions of high ground: Xanadu to the east, Adiri to the west, and Dilmun to the north.

The Huygens probe landed on the west part of Shangri-La, close to the boundary with Adiri. The planned lander rotorcraft Dragonfly will land on Shangri-La, and will fly toward the Selk impact crater.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shangri-La". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.
  2. ^ NASA's Dragonfly Will Fly Around Titan Looking for Origins, Signs of Life. Grey Hautaluoma and Alana Johnson, NASA. Press release 27 June 2019.