CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Above Adiri

Above Adiri
PIA 08995

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  Within the windswept wastes of Titan's equatorial dune desert lies the 1,700-kilometer (1,050-mile) wide bright region called Adiri, seen here at center. The intrepid Huygens probe landed off the northeastern edge of Adiri in January 2005.

This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across)--the side that always faces away from Saturn as the moon orbits. North in Titan is up and rotated 26 degrees to the right.

The image was taken using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 939 nanometers. The view was acquired with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 14, 2007 at a distance of approximately 157,000 kilometers (98,000 miles) from Titan. Image scale is 9 kilometers (6 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: July 31, 2007 (PIA 08995)
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gandalf (Jul 31, 2007 at 1:34 PM):
Excellant image,congratulations CICLOPS. Titan is starting to look more and more like the planet Earth. It would be great to have another mission to Titan with a balloon orbiter that could hover over the moons surface.