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Light on the Dark Side
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Light on the Dark Side
PIA 12664

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  Sunlight scattering through the periphery of Titan's atmosphere reaches Cassini as the spacecraft's camera is pointed at the dark side of the moon.

A detached, high-altitude global haze layer encircles the moon. See PIA07774 to learn more. This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Titan (5150 kilometers, 3200 miles across). North on Titan is up.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 2, 2010 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of ultraviolet light centered at 338 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.5 million kilometers (932,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 153 degrees. Image scale is 9 kilometers (6 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: June 28, 2010 (PIA 12664)
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