The complexity of the layering of Titan's high hazes continues to amaze Cassini imaging scientists. Cassini captured this detailed view of the haze in Titan's upper atmosphere as it receded from its close encounter with the enigmatic moon on March 31, 2005. Similar examples of such complex structure in Titan's haze have been observed previously by Cassini.
These observations will help mission scientists learn what processes are responsible for forming the numerous layers observed and how their structure and behavior change on daily, as well as seasonal, time scales
The image was taken with the narrow angle camera using a filter sensitive to wavelengths of ultraviolet light centered at 338 nanometers and from a distance of 102,320 kilometers (63,579 miles) from Titan. Image scale is about 600 meters (1,970 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.