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Titan Flyby (T-53) - April 20, 2009

Titan Flyby (T-53) - April 20, 2009

Apr. 20, 2009


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Titan's Waves?
 
  Multiple upper stratospheric haze layers are evident in this ultraviolet view from Cassini looking toward Titan's south pole. Original image released Feb. 23, 2005.
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T-53 Flyby: Studying Titan's Atmosphere With Ultraviolet Light

During its April 20 flyby's closest approach, Cassini took advantage of a rare opportunity to measure extreme ultraviolet emissions, as the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) observed solar and stellar lights through Titan's atmosphere.

The Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) obtained high-resolution coverage of the edge of the moon. The Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) teamed up with the Virtual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) to image Titan’s trailing hemisphere at high southern latitudes and with CIRS to monitor clouds.

 
 
 
Titan at a Glance
 
Titan Flyby
April 20, 2009 (SCET)

Altitude
3600 kilometers (2200 miles)

Speed
5.8 km/sec (13,000 mph)

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