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Saturn's large, smog enshrouded moon Titan greets Cassini in full color as the spacecraft makes its third close pass on February 15, 2005.
There is a slight difference in brightness from north to south, a seasonal effect that was noted in Voyager images, and is clearly visible in some infrared images from Cassini (see PIA 06121). The northern polar region is largely in darkness at this time.
This view has been rotated so that north on Titan is up. Images taken with the wide angle camera through using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The image was acquired from a distance of approximately 229,000 kilometers (142,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 20 degrees. Resolution in the image is about 14 kilometers (9 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.