CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
A World of Questions

A World of Questions
PIA 09833

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  Titan's hazy orange globe hangs before Cassini, partly illuminated--a world with many mysteries yet to be uncovered.

North on Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across) is up and rotated 30 degrees to the right. The moon's north pole tilts slightly away from the spacecraft here.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Jan. 5, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 213,000 kilometers (133,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 128 degrees. Image scale is 13 kilometers (8 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: February 8, 2008 (PIA 09833)
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Alliance Member Comments
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Feb 10, 2008 at 9:25 AM):
You can think of id=1086 as what you would see if you could see in the ultraviolet. So, if you were a bee, it might be `realistic'.
ugordan (Feb 8, 2008 at 8:59 AM):
...except this one is more realistic than that one.
Red_dragon (Feb 8, 2008 at 6:33 AM):
Great image as usual. However, Titan's Halo ( is, without doubt, the most beautiful Titan color picture.