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Titan in False Color

Titan in False Color
PIA 06139

Avg Rating: 8.42/10

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  If you had vision that includes part of the ultraviolet and infrared, this is what Titan might look like. The Cassini camera does have such vision, and this image is constructed from 4 images acquired through different color filters. The red and green colors are from colors where atmospheric methane absorbs light, and shows a brighter (redder) northern hemisphere because the in more high-altitude haze in the winter hemisphere. The blue is from an ultraviolet color and shows the high atmosphere and detached hazes. Titan has a gigantic atmosphere, extending hundreds of kilometers above the surface. The sharp brightness variations on Titan's surface (and clouds near the south pole) come from an infrared filter where methane does not absorb light. Images N1477321905 (MT3), 1985 (MT2), 2123 (UV3), and 2883 (CB3), 6.4 km/pixel image scale.

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 27, 2004 (PIA 06139)
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Alliance Member Comments
Mariner9 (Dec 4, 2007 at 7:10 PM):
I voted for this picture as well. I have been waiting to see detailed views of Titan since I was 12. Cassini certainly has not disappointed me. The views are stupendous. I only thing more I could wish for is to see Titan with my own eyes.
Kevin S. Moore (Nov 26, 2007 at 9:42 PM):
I vote for this picture. I relish the first discoverys by Cassini.