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Titan's Two Halves
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Titan's Two Halves
PIA 12632

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  Titan's seasonal hemispheric dichotomy can be detected as the moon's northern half appears slightly darker than the southern half in this image taken in visible blue light by Cassini.

See PIA11603 to learn more about this change on Titan. Also visible in this image are hints of atmospheric banding around Titan's north pole. To learn more about the northern bands, see PIA08928.

This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Titan (5150 kilometers, 3200 miles across). North on Titan is up and rotated 45 degrees to the left.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 22, 2010. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 2 million kilometers (1.2 million miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 38 degrees. Image scale is 12 kilometers (8 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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 Equinox Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: May 13, 2010 (PIA 12632)
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