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Cassini takes a look through the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon to spy light and dark in the area called Adiri on Titan.
See PIA08995 to see a wider view of this albedo feature on Titan. This view looks toward the moon's anti-Saturn side and is centered on terrain at 2 degrees south latitude, 218 degrees west longitude. North on Titan (5150 kilometers, 3200 miles across) is up and rotated 6 degrees to the left.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 29, 2010 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 285,000 kilometers (177,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 45 degrees. Image scale is 2 kilometers (1 mile) 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.