CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Active Titan

As published in Nature, Cassini images of Titan have shown it to be an active world, Earth-like in the range of processes acting on its surface and in its atmosphere.

Mar 9, 2005: Scrutinizing Titan's Surface - The six close-up views of Titan's surface shown here are composed of images acquired by the Cassini spacecraft during flybys in October (see PIA06158) and December (see PIA06159), 2004.
Mar 9, 2005: Tracing Surface Features on Titan - These images of Titan's south polar region were acquired during Cassini's first (and distant) encounter with the smog-enshrouded moon on July 2, 2004.
Mar 9, 2005: Titan's Variety - This map of Titan's surface brightness was assembled from images taken by the Cassini spacecraft over the past year, both as it approached the Saturn system and during three closer flybys in July, October, and December, 2004.
Mar 9, 2005: Titan's Variety - This map of Titan's surface brightness was assembled from images taken by the Cassini spacecraft over the past year, both as it approached the Saturn system and during three closer flybys in July, October, and December, 2004.

Dec 16, 2004: Approaching Titan Again - Titan presented this face as Cassini approached for its second very close flyby of the mystery moon in December, 2004.
Dec 16, 2004: Titan's Many Layers - Cassini has found Titan's upper atmosphere to consist of a surprising number of layers of haze as is shown in this ultraviolet image of Titan's nightside limb, colorized to look like true color.

Jul 29, 2004: Purple Haze - Encircled in purple stratospheric haze, Titan appears as a softly glowing sphere in this colorized image taken one day after Cassini's first flyby of that moon.

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