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Peeking at Saturn

Peeking at Saturn
PIA 08351

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  Cassini peers around the hazy limb of Titan to spy the sunlit south pole of Saturn in the distance beyond.

The thick, smog-like atmosphere of frigid Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across) is a major source of interest for the Cassini mission.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 26, 2005 at a distance of approximately 26,000 kilometers (16,000 miles) from Titan. Image scale is 1 kilometer (4,643 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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: December 29, 2006 (PIA 08351)
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Red_dragon (Jan 19, 2007 at 2:25 AM):
Or as I like to call it "The Best of Both Worlds".It resembles me a picture taken during a flyby on march 2005 where appears the nothern hemisphere of Saturn over Titan.