PIA10459: Far from Titan
- Original Caption Released with Image:
In the distance beyond Saturn's icy rings, the Cassini spacecraft
glimpses faint details on the surface of Titan. In the foreground, the B
ring displays several dark spokes.
This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 5 degrees
below the ringplane.
Titan is 5,150 kilometers (3,200 miles) across.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on July
23, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared
light centered at 853 nanometers. Light at these wavelengths is able to
reach the surface and escape back into space without being completely
scattered by Titan's hazy atmosphere.
The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.1 million
kilometers (698,000 miles) from Saturn and 2.4 million kilometers (1.5
million miles) from Titan. Image scale on the rings (in the radial, or
outward from Saturn, direction) is 67 kilometers (39 miles) per pixel.
Image scale is 142 kilometers (88 miles) per pixel on Titan.
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
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/. The Cassini imaging team
homepage is at http://ciclops.org.
- Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute