CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Titan's North Polar Hood

Titan's North Polar Hood
PIA 11594

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  This ultraviolet view of Titan shows the moon's north polar hood and its detached, high-altitude haze layer.

See PIA08137 to learn more. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Titan (5150 kilometers, 3200 miles across). North on Titan is up and rotated 2 degrees to the left.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Aug. 13, 2009 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of ultraviolet light centered at 338 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 2.2 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 61 degrees. Image scale is 26 kilometers (16 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 5, 2009 (PIA 11594)
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