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Titan Photo: Lakes Glisten On Saturn's Moon As Captured By Cassini

04/11/2014 08:42 GMT | Updated 04/11/2014 08:59 GMT

An absolutely incredible picture of Saturn's moon Titan has taken the internet by storm.

Unfortunately, the internet appears to have forgotten that we've actually landed on Titan.

Before we get to that, let's admit that it is a spectacular picture, one of many that NASA's Cassini spacecraft has taken on its many trips around Saturn and its moons and rings:

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The photo taken with an infrared camera shows light glinting off polar cap seas on this strange world.

"The sunglint, also called a specular reflection, is the bright area near the 11 o'clock position at upper left. This mirror-like reflection, known as the specular point, is in the south of Titan's largest sea, Kraken Mare, just north of an island archipelago separating two separate parts of the sea."

Unfortunately, there are elements of the image which are different to the sight you would see through a spacecraft window. The human eye would see "nothing but haze" NASA said - more like this:

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The other odd fact in all of this is that while the photo of Titan is spectacular, so is the often forgotten fact that Cassini also helped us to actually land on the thing: