July 31, 2007
Within the windswept wastes of Titan's equatorial dune desert lies the 1,700-km (1,050-mi) wide bright region called Adiri, seen here at center. The intrepid Huygens probe landed off the northeastern edge of Adiri in January 2005.
This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) -- the side that always faces away from Saturn as the moon orbits. North on Titan is up and rotated 26 degrees to the right.
The image was taken using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 939 nanometers. The view was acquired with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 14, 2007 at a distance of approximately 157,000 kilometers (98,000 miles) from Titan. Image scale is 9 kilometers (6 miles) per pixel.
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.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute