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Enchanted Titan
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Enchanted Titan
PIA 11542

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  Cassini looks toward Fensal and Aztlan, two dark areas near the equator of Titan.

Like other albedo features on Titan, these areas are named after enchanted places or paradises from legends and myths from the world's cultures. Fensal, the name of the area on the left, is a magnificent mansion in Norse mythology. Aztlan, the name of the dark area on the right of the image, is an Aztec mythical land.

Lit terrain seen here is mostly on the leading hemisphere of Titan (5150 kilometers, 3200 miles across). North on Titan is up and rotated 38 degrees to the left.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 25, 2009 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (808,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 25 degrees. Image scale is 8 kilometers (5 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 23, 2009 (PIA 11542)
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Jul 24, 2009 at 3:32 AM):
On its sense, quite beautiful. Have you thought on making a movie of Titan rotating -but in full phase, unlike a release of a few years ago in which we saw a rotating crescent Titan-?. No doubt it would be impressive.

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