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Titan's Dark Senkyo
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Cassini looks toward the dark Senkyo region on Saturn's moon Titan.

Senkyo is the dark region on the right. Two other dark regions, Aztlan (left) and Fensal (left, north of Aztlan), are also shown here. The bright area south of the equator is called Tsegihi. See PIA11636 for a closer view of Senkyo and to learn more. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Titan (5150 kilometers, 3200 miles across). North on Titan is up and rotated 9 degrees to the left.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 8, 2010 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 2.1 million kilometers (1.3 million miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 33 degrees. Image scale is 12 kilometers (8 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.

For more information about the Cassini Equinox Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: June 15, 2010 (PIA 12655)
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  Titan's Dark Senkyo
PIA 12655

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