This set of images shows the areas mapped so far on Saturn's moon Titan by Cassini

Photojournal: PIA08099

April 27, 2006

This set of images shows the areas mapped so far on Saturn's moon Titan by the Cassini radar mapper using its synthetic aperture radar imaging mode.

Labels represent the approximate longitude of each globe. The radar swaths are superimposed on a false-color image made from observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

The swath shown in light green represents the area to be imaged in the upcoming April 30, 2006, flyby. It will go right across an optically bright region of Titan known as Xanadu. See Flat Map or Flat Map (annotated) for different views.

Cassini's radar has revealed a variety of geologic features, including impact craters, wind-blown deposits, channels and cryovolcanic features.

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 was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The radar instrument was built by JPL and the Italian Space Agency, working with team members from the United States and several European countries.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov .

Credit: NASA/JPL

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