This image was taken during Cassini's very close approach to Titan on December 13, 2004.
Bright streaks of cloud in Titan's southern hemisphere are visible. Linear clouds such as these have appeared intermittently in this region on Titan.
The image was obtained with the wide angle camera from a distance of approximately 178,600 kilometers (111,000 miles) from Titan through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 918 nanometers. The Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle is 15 degrees. The image scale is about 10.5 kilometers (6.5 miles) per pixel.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. 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.