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Titan Approaches Saturn
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Titan Approaches Saturn
PIA 09858

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  Swathed in its thick blanket of atmosphere, frigid Titan approaches the brilliant limb of Saturn. This view was obtained just minutes after the wide-angle view, PIA09856.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were acquired with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 29, 2008 at a distance of approximately 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Titan. Image scale is 14 kilometers (8 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 and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: March 14, 2008 (PIA 09858)
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Alliance Member Comments
Mercury_3488 (Mar 14, 2008 at 6:55 AM):
I second that Red_dragon.

What an amazing image.

Andrew Brown.
Red_dragon (Mar 14, 2008 at 6:45 AM):
A really fine way to end this exciting week. I really like how the NAC comprises the perspective and makes Titan to appear as it was just about to touch Saturn. Thanks again for this great stuff.

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