CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Violet Titan
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Cassini peers at the smooth globe of Titan, wrapped in its photochemical haze.

The moon's thin, detached, high-altitude haze layer is best viewed at shorter wavelengths of light, as in this violet light image and ultraviolet views (see PIA08868).

North on Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across) is up.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Feb. 22, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 214,000 kilometers (133,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 119 degrees. Image scale is 13 kilometers (8 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: March 31, 2008 (PIA 09869)
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  Violet Titan
PIA 09869

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