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Titan Makes Contact
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Titan Makes Contact
PIA 08398

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  The murky orange disk of Titan glides past -- a silent, floating sphere transiting Saturn.

Titan's photochemical smog completely obscures the surface in such natural color views. Its high-altitude hazes are visible against the disk of Saturn as they attenuate the light reflected by the planet.

Titan is 5,150 kilometers (3200 miles) across. The view was acquired from less than a degree above Saturn's ringplane.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Aug. 1, 2007 at a distance of approximately 2.4 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Titan. Image scale is 15 kilometers (9 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 http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: October 15, 2007 (PIA 08398)
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Alliance Member Comments
Hazem Faraj (Dec 4, 2007 at 7:20 AM):
It is true that reality gives us what imagination cannot.
Red_dragon (Dec 1, 2007 at 5:11 AM):
Superb. I can't wait for the equinox observations during extended mission; if Titan transits across Saturn's disk seen from HST (http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/entire_collection/pr2007013h/) are impressive, the view from Saturn's orbit surely will be breathaking. May we see it.
ANAKA HURAKAN (Oct 27, 2007 at 0:59 AM):
COMMANDER CE'CALCALI AND HURAKAN ARE ENGAGED IN GOLF THEY WISH THAT YOU GENERATED A GOLF COURSE ON TITAN IT WOULD BE A CHALLENGE TO THEM
Ashoreth (Oct 23, 2007 at 7:59 AM):
What a work of art! Beautiful, mysterious, moving...kudos imaging team.

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