PIA10594: A Wafer of Titan

A Wafer of Titan


Almost the entire disk of Titan is illuminated by the sun in this low-phase image of Saturn's largest moon. With the sun behind the Cassini spacecraft, the camera can clearly see the dark Senkyo region and the bright area south of the equator called Tsegihi.

This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Titan. North on Titan (5150 kilometers, or 3200 miles across) is up and rotated 34 degrees to the left. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 30, 2009 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 26 degrees. Image scale is 14 kilometers (9 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/ . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Titan Saturn
System Saturn
Target Type Satellite Planet
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Infrared, Rotation, Visual
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2009-03-09
Date in Caption 2009-01-30
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA10594
Identifier PIA10594