PIA11577: Titan Through the Haze

Titan Through the Haze


The Cassini spacecraft peers through the hazy atmosphere of Titan for a close view of light and dark terrain on Saturn's largest moon.

This view is centered on terrain at 28 degrees south latitude, 334 degrees west longitude and shows a small part of the albedo feature named Senkyo on the trailing hemisphere of Titan (5150 kilometers, or 3200 miles across).

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 9, 2009 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 251,000 kilometers (156,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 27 degrees. Image scale is about 1 kilometer (3,281feet) 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
System Saturn
Target Type Satellite
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Grayscale, Haze, Infrared, Visual
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2009-09-10
Date in Caption 2009-07-09
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA11577
Identifier PIA11577