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Titan's Dark Terrain
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This view from Cassini's second close flyby of Titan on December 13, 2004 shows bright material within the large dark region west of Xanadu. The area in this image is a region that has not previously been seen by Cassini at this high resolution.

The image was taken with the narrow angle camera from a distance of approximately 125,900 kilometers (78,200 miles) from Titan, using a filter centered at 938 nanometers that emphasizes the moon's surface and clouds. The image scale is 735 m/pixel (2,400 feet) 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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: December 14, 2004 (PIA 06541)
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  Titan's Dark Terrain
PIA 06541

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