Oct. 20, 2010
Cassini's imaging camera took this image of Titan from about 2.5 million kilometers (1.5 million miles). The rings of Saturn faintly etch the top of this image.
Spring Has Sprung ... On Titan
Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is the larger, hazy moon in the background. Tethys is the bright icy moon in the foreground.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent back dreamy raw images of Saturn's moon Titan that show the appearance of clouds around the moon's midsection. These bright clouds likely appeared because the moon is changing seasons and spring has arrived in Titan's northern hemisphere. The images were taken from about 2.5 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) away from Titan on Oct. 18, 2010, and also show the faint etchings of Saturn's rings. One of the new raw images also features a cameo from the icy moon Tethys, which looks smaller and brighter than Titan in the image.
More raw images are online at: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/raw/ .
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
More Cassini information is available at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and http://www.nasa.gov/cassini.
Jia-Rui C. Cook 818-354-0850
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.