Photojournal: PIA08966

June 20, 2007

Bright mid-latitude clouds near the bottom of this view hint at the ongoing cycling of methane on Titan. These cloud streaks are near the same latitude as similar clouds observed above different longitudes on Titan.

The view is centered on Titan's trailing hemisphere, over the 1,700 kilometer (1,050 mile) wide bright region known as Adiri.

North on Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) is up and rotated 15 degrees to the right.

This view was created by combining multiple images taken using a combination of spectral filters sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 939 and 742 nanometers

The images were taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on May 13, 2007 at a distance of approximately 104,000 kilometers (65,000 miles) from Titan. Image scale is 12 kilometers (8 miles) per pixel. Due to scattering of light by Titan's hazy atmosphere, the sizes of surface features that can be resolved are a few times larger than the actual pixel scale.

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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute