This mosaic of Titan's surface was made from 16 images. The individual images have been specially processed to remove effects of Titan's hazy atmosphere and to improve visibility of the surface near the terminator (the boundary between day and night).
During Cassini's first very close Titan flyby in October, 2004, many clouds were seen near the south pole; in the December (pre-Huygens-landing) flyby many clouds were seen at mid-latitudes (see PIA06157). During this flyby, only a few small clouds near the south pole were noted.
Imaging coverage during this flyby included improved looks at territory to the north and west of Xanadu, the large bright white area.
The images were taken with the narrow angle camera through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of polarized infrared light and were acquired from a distances ranging from approximately 226,000-242,000 kilometers (140,000-150,000 miles) from Titan. Resolution in the images is about 1.3 kilometers (0.8 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.