December 31, 2007
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward Titan and the large, equatorial bright region at center called Adiri. The Huygens probe landing site is in view here, northwest of Adiri.
North on Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across) is up and rotated 21 degrees to the left.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Nov. 19, 2007 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 939 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 115,000 kilometers (71,000 miles) from Titan. Image scale is 7 kilometers (4 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.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute