PIA17151: Titan's Polar Atmosphere


Titan’s Polar Atmosphere

Caption:

Titan's atmosphere puts on a display with the detached haze to the north (top of image) and the polar vortex to the south.

Titan (3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers across) is Saturn's largest moon. For a color image of the south polar vortex on Titan, see PIA14919 . For a movie of the vortex, see PIA14920 .

This view looks toward the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Titan. North on Titan is up and rotated 24 degrees to the left. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Aug. 20, 2013 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 889 nanometers.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.6 million miles (2.5 million kilometers) from Titan. Image scale is 9 miles (15 kilometers) 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 and http://www.nasa.gov/cassini . 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 Atmosphere, Grayscale, Haze, Infrared
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2014-01-13
Date in Caption 2013-08-20
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17151
Identifier PIA17151