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Hazy Orange Orb
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Hazy Orange Orb
PIA 14602

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  Titan's atmosphere makes Saturn's largest moon look like a fuzzy orange ball in this natural color view from Cassini.

Titan's north polar hood is visible at the top of the image, and a faint blue haze also can be detected above the south pole at the bottom of this view. Recent Cassini images suggest Titan's north polar vortex, or hood, is beginning to flip from north to south (see PIA14913). See PIA08137 and PIA12775 to learn more about the moon's atmosphere.

This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Titan (3200 miles, 5150 kilometers across). North is up.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Jan. 30, 2012 at a distance of approximately 119,000 miles (191,000 kilometers) from Titan. Image scale is 7 miles (11 kilometers) 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.

For more information about the Cassini Solstice Mission visit http://ciclops.org, http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: April 2, 2012 (PIA 14602)
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Alliance Member Comments
Dragon_of_Luck_Mah_Jonng1971 (Apr 14, 2012 at 6:16 PM):
Fantastic image of Titan showing many details.

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