CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Saturn's View of Titan

Saturn's View of Titan
PIA 10514

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  Cassini looks through Titan's thick atmosphere to reveal bright and dark terrains on the Saturn-facing side of the planet's largest moon. North is up.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 11, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was *acquired/obtained* at a distance of approximately 2.222 million kilometers (1.381 million miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 10 degrees. Image scale is 13 kilometers (8 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: November 17, 2008 (PIA 10514)
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Red_dragon (Nov 18, 2008 at 2:19 PM):
Great image. If Titanian rainfall comes in spring/fall showers as seems probable, I bet you'll and/or teams controlling VIMS, CIRS & RPWS (lightning) will find the clouds that cause it.