PIA09856: Titan Slips Away
- Original Caption Released with Image:
The Cassini spacecraft captured this color portrait of Saturn and Titan
only a few minutes before the haze-enshrouded moon slipped behind the
planet's enormous bulk. The view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings
from about 5 degrees below the ringplane.
The northern hemisphere of Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across)
presently appears darker than the south, a feature presumed to be a
Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to
create this natural color view. The images were acquired with the Cassini
spacecraft wide-angle camera on Jan. 29, 2008 at a distance of
approximately 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Titan and 1
million kilometers (630,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 135
kilometers (84 miles) per pixel on Titan and 61 kilometers (38 miles) per
pixel on Saturn.
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 mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The
Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and
assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space
Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit
The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org.
- Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute