PIA19642: A World All Its Own

A World All Its Own


On May 6, 2012, Cassini's cameras caught an arresting view of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, drifting before the planet (see PIA14922 ). Larger than the planet Mercury, Titan measures 3,200 miles (5,150 kilometers) across. In this closeup from the same observation, some of the intriguing world's unique features come into clearer view.

This view is a mosaic of four images that were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft's narrow-angle camera, at a distance of approximately 478,000 miles (770,000 kilometers) from Titan.

Background Info:

The detached haze layer that surrounds Titan is clearly visible against Saturn and its rings in the background, the haze growing more complex in its structure near the poles. The camera looks toward the dune-filled region known as Shangri-La, where the Huygens probe's landing site sits just below and left of center, around the 8 o'clock position. (For more information on Huygens' landing site, see PIA20713 ).

The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017

The Cassini mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. 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, Colorado.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and https://www.nasa.gov/cassini . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at https://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Titan Saturn, Saturn Rings
System Saturn
Target Type Satellite Planet, Ring
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter Huygens Probe
Host Type Orbiter Lander, Probe
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Dune, Grayscale, Haze, Visual
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2018-05-21
Date in Caption 2012-05-06
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA19642
Identifier PIA19642