The mountains of Titan

The mountains of Saturn’s moon Titan (seen from the Huygens probe above) are officially named after mountains in Middle-earth: Angmar Montes, for example, Erebor Mons, Misty Montes, and others – including, of course, Doom Mons.

Smaller hills are named after characters like Arwen, Bilbo, and Faramir.

NASA have recently released the first global topographic map of Titan, thanks to data from the Cassini spacecraft. Sadly, the mountains aren’t labelled. It’s still really cool, though.

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