CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Squashed Pole

Squashed Pole
PIA 06549

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  Saturn's planet-sized moon Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across) displays a surpisingly flattened-looking north pole in this Cassini image. The cause of this flattening is not presently known.

A hint of the bright, streak-like clouds seen intermittently in Cassini images of the south polar region is faintly visible at the bottom of the image.

This view was obtained in visible light with the narrow angle camera on November 1, 2004, from a distance of approximately 2.9 million kilometers (1.8 million miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 99 degrees. The image scale is 17 kilometers (10.6 miles) per pixel.

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: December 29, 2004 (PIA 06549)
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