CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
The Smog-bound Moon

The Smog-bound Moon
PIA 09748

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  A hazy orb hangs in space, swathed in its dense cocoon of frigid atmosphere. Titan's global, detached, high-altitude haze layer is visible here.

Titan is 5,150 kilometers (3,200 miles) across.

The image was taken in visible blue light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 9, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 4.5 million kilometers (2.8 million miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 28 degrees. Image scale is 27 kilometers (17 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: October 12, 2007 (PIA 09748)
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