Although this image is centered on the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Titan, here the sun illuminates mainly the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's largest moon.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 9, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.774 million kilometers (1.102 million miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 56 degrees. Image scale is 11 kilometers (7 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.