CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Detached Haze
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Cassini peers closely at the layers of organic haze in Titan's upper atmosphere during a recent flyby.

Planet-sized Titan is 5,150 kilometers (3,200 miles) across.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 20, 2007 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of ultraviolet light centered at 338 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 190,000 kilometers (118,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 133 degrees. Image scale is 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) 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: January 25, 2008 (PIA 09823)
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  Detached Haze
PIA 09823

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