PIA09833: A World of Questions


A World of Questions

Caption:

Titan's hazy orange globe hangs before the Cassini spacecraft, partly illuminated -- a world with many mysteries yet to be uncovered.

North on Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) is up and rotated 30 degrees to the right. The moon's north pole tilts slightly away from the spacecraft here.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Jan. 5, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 213,000 kilometers (133,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 128 degrees. Image scale is 13 kilometers (8 miles) per pixel.

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 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/home/index.cfm . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Titan Sun
System Saturn
Target Type Satellite Sun
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Wide Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Color, Haze
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2008-02-08
Date in Caption 2008-01-05
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA09833
Identifier PIA09833