PIA06147: Titan 'TB' Flyby Animation

Titan ‘TB’ Flyby Animation


This computer animation shows the observations to be taken by the Cassini spacecraft during its second close approach to Titan on Monday, Dec. 13, 2004. Red indicates observations to be taken in the infrared, white in the visible, and purple in the ultraviolet. The name of the instrument team that designed each observation -- Imaging Science Subsystem, Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer, Composite and Infrared Spectrometer and Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph, is shown.

During this flyby, Cassini will pass approximately 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) above Titan's surface - about the same distance as the previous close flyby in October. This will be Cassini's final flyby of Titan before the European Space Agency's Huygens probe, piggybacking on Cassini, is released to explore the smoggy moon's atmosphere and touch down on its surface.

The globe of Titan is covered with the map of imaging data shown in PIA06148 .

Background Info:

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 Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras, were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.

For more information, about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit, http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Titan
System Saturn
Target Type Satellite
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter Huygens Probe
Host Type Orbiter Lander, Probe
Instrument Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS), Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (UVIS), Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS)
Detector Ultraviolet and Visual Channel
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Color, Infrared, Map, Movie, Ultraviolet
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2004-12-13
Date in Caption 2004-12-13
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA06147
Identifier PIA06147