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Polar Clouds on Titan
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Frigid Titan continues to prove itself a remarkably complex and dynamic world. Here, bright clouds are seen encircling the moon's north polar region. Cassini has revealed the presence of great lakes and seas of liquid hydrocarbons on this part of Titan's surface (see PIA08365 and PIA08930).

An extended, high-altitude haze hovers above the limb of Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across) at top.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 26, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 786,000 kilometers (488,000 miles) from Titan. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 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: July 28, 2008 (PIA 10434)
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  Polar Clouds on Titan
PIA 10434

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