PIA16638: Titan Craters, the Old and the New


Titan Craters, the Old and the New

Caption:

This set of images from the radar instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a relatively "fresh" crater called Sinlap (left) and an extremely degraded crater called Soi (right). Sinlap has a depth-to-diameter ratio close to what we see on Jupiter's moon Ganymede. Soi has a shallow depth compared to similar craters on Ganymede. These craters are both about 50 miles (80 kilometers) in diameter.

The Sinlap image was taken by Cassini's radar instrument on Feb. 15, 2005. The Soi image is a mosaic of two images from May 21, 2009 and July 22, 2006.

Background Info:

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. NASA's 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 was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The radar instrument was built by JPL and the Italian Space Agency, working with team members from the United States and several European countries.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/ .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Titan Ganymede, Jupiter
System Saturn Jupiter
Target Type Satellite Planet
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument RADAR
Detector
Extra Keywords Crater, Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2013-01-17
Date in Caption 2005-02-15 2006-07-22, 2009-05-21
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/GSFC
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16638
Identifier PIA16638