From high above Titan's northern hemisphere, Cassini takes an oblique view toward the mid-latitude dark regions that gird the giant moon. These dark areas have generally been found by Cassini's radar instrument to contain vast seas of dunes that extend for many hundreds of kilometers.
The view looks toward terrain centered at 45 degrees north latitude on Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across).
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 939 nanometers. The view was acquired on March 10, 2007 at a distance of approximately 255,000 kilometers (158,000 miles) from Titan. Image scale is 30 kilometers (19 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.