Follow this link to skip to the main content

Titan Flyby (T-97): Mapping Parts of Titan’s Equator in Infrared

Titan Flyby (T-97): Mapping Parts of Titan’s Equator in Infrared

Jan. 01, 2014


[ - ]   Text   [ + ]
Titan's Bright Vortex
 
  The sunlit edge of Titan's south polar vortex stands out distinctly against the darkness of the moon’s unilluminated hazy atmosphere. The Cassini spacecraft images of the vortex led scientists to conclude that its clouds form at a much higher altitude - where sunlight can still reach - than the surrounding haze. Image released Dec. 2, 2013.
+ Image Details
+ More Titan Information
T-97: Mapping Parts of Titan’s Equator in Infrared

For this close Titan flyby the Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) was the prime instrument during closest approach to the surface. As the spacecraft moved from the North Pole to the South Pole, VIMS mapped the equatorial region east of Adiri. On the inbound leg, VIMS mapped the lakes and seas of the North Pole area. VIMS also looked for clouds during both the inbound leg (north pole area) and the outbound leg (high southern latitudes). Also inbound, the Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) acquired a mosaic of the high northern latitudes on Titan's leading hemisphere, which is approaching northern summer. (Multiple observations of high northern latitudes may be needed in case of cloud cover obscuring the surface). For an extra day before the Titan encounter, ISS monitored Titan's high northern latitudes, where it will be important to track clouds and their evolution as summer approaches.


 
 
 
Titan Flyby at a Glance
 
Date
Jan. 1, 2014

Altitude
870 miles (1,400 kilometers)

Speed
13,000 mph (5.9 km/sec)

Details

+ Flyby FAQ

+ Titan Image Gallery

+ Browse or Search the Latest Raw Images

+ Saturn's Moons

 

Related Images





  • Blend space exploration with reading and writing -- Reading, Writing & Rings!
  • Cassini Scientist for a Day -- Students get involved
  • Cassini Raw Images