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Watching for Clouds

Watching for Clouds
PIA 10503

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  Cassini peeks through the murk of Titan's thick atmosphere in a search for clouds.

Although there are no obvious cloud features in this view, bright cloud streaks have occasionally been seen by Cassini and Earth-based telescopes in the region seen here toward the bottom of Titan's disk. Repeated monitoring observations like this one help scientists build an understanding of Titan's weather and the various climate processes operating on this frigid, but remarkably Earth-like moon.

This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across). North is up and rotated 35 degrees to the left.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 25, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.7 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Titan. Image scale is 10 kilometers (6 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: October 31, 2008 (PIA 10503)
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Red_dragon (Nov 1, 2008 at 11:10 AM):
Finally a Titan image. If you allow me this comparison, it resembles me a game of roughly sixteen years ago named "Star Control II". There, you had to explore this sector of the galaxy including of course planets and moons. One of them was Titan and looked very similar to this image.