PIA02238: Titan's Thick Haze Layer

Titan’s Thick Haze Layer


Titan's thick haze layer is shown in this enhanced Voyager 1 image taken Nov. 12, 1980 at a distance of 435,000 kilometers (270,000 miles). Voyager images of Saturn's largest moon show Titan completely enveloped by haze that merges with a darker "hood" or cloud layer over the north pole. Such a mantle is not present at the south pole. At Voyager's closest approach to Titan on Nov. 11, 1980, spacecraft instruments found that the moon has a substantial atmosphere, far denser than that of Mars and possibly denser than Earth's.

Background Info:

The Voyager Project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Titan Earth, Mars, Saturn
System Saturn Earth, Mars
Target Type Satellite Earth, Planet
Mission Voyager
Instrument Host Voyager 1
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Color, Haze
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2000-03-16
Date in Caption 1980-11-11 1980-11-12
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02238
Identifier PIA02238