CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Colorful Northern Crescent

Colorful Northern Crescent
PIA 11548

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  Cassini looks down on the north pole of Titan, showing night and day in the northern hemisphere of Saturn's largest moon.

This view is centered on terrain at 49 degrees north latitude, 243 degrees west longitude. The north pole of Titan is rotated about 23 degrees to the left and it lies on the terminator above and to the left of the center of the image.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view of Titan (5150 kilometers, 3200 miles across). The images were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 6, 2009 at a distance of approximately 194,000 kilometers (121,000 miles) from Titan. Image scale is 11 kilometers (7 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: July 31, 2009 (PIA 11548)
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Alliance Member Comments
mipsandbips (Aug 1, 2009 at 10:10 PM):
a very intreguing horizon.
Red_dragon (Jul 31, 2009 at 8:08 AM):
It was a long time without a color image of Titan and this one doesn't deceive. Thanks, CICLOPS.