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Cassini peers down through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan to view the dark region called Belet.
This image was captured using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The large region called Belet has a low albedo, meaning it diffusely reflects little light. See PIA11149 and PIA12818 to learn more.
This view looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan. North on Titan (5150 kilometers, 3200 miles across) is up.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 23, 2011. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.6 million kilometers (994,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 14 degrees. Image scale is 9 kilometers (6 miles) per pixel.
The Cassini Solstice 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.