CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
World Beneath the Haze

World Beneath the Haze
PIA 10466

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  Surface details on Titan are seen faintly through the murky haze of the moon's atmosphere.

Lit terrain seen here is on the leading hemisphere of Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across). North is up.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on July 30, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 939 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 370,000 kilometers (230,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 87 degrees. Image scale is 22 kilometers (14 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: September 10, 2008 (PIA 10466)
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