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Murky World

Murky World
PIA 08893

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  Straining to make out the surface of Titan through its murky atmosphere, Cassini's wide angle camera manages to exploit one of the infrared spectral windows where the particulate smog is transparent enough for a peek.

The Senkyo region is visible in the north, while Mezzoramia lies to the south in this view of Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across).

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 939 nanometers. The image was taken on Jan. 29, 2007 at a distance of approximately 79,000 kilometers (49,000 miles) from Titan. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 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.

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

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: March 9, 2007 (PIA 08893)
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