Cassini Should Watch Out for Fremen

| July 29, 2010 | 2 Replies

The spice must flow!

Gusty winds that blow in reverse of prevailing weather on Saturn’s largest moon Titan appear to shape some of the moon’s odd equatorial sand dunes, a new study finds.

Huge dunes of tiny particles of carbon cover more than 20 percent of Titan’s surface. A particular band of these dunes — within about 30 degrees latitude of the equator — have been puzzling to scientists. Their shape suggests they were formed by winds blowing sand from west to east, yet climate models predict the wind there is almost always blowing in the opposite direction.

Obviously the strange dunes are caused by a combination of Shai Hulud activity and terraforming activity begun decades ago by the Fremen, assisted by an Imperial Planetologist consistent with the prophesies seeded there by the Bene Gesserit’s Missionaria Protectiva project.

What? Sounds outlandish? Well, here’s an artist’s interpretation of Planet Arrakis. Tell me the two don’t look an awful lot alike!

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