Artist's depiction of the Titan 65 flyby, 'Southward Bound,' on Jan. 12, 2010

January 7, 2010

The Cassini spacecraft returns to Titan's southern hemisphere for a close flyby on Jan. 12, 2010. During this pass RADAR gets another view of Ontario Lacus, providing an opportunity to see evaporation at the methane and ethane lake near the south pole. Also, this is the lowest pass in the mission for the Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer, which provides the opportunity to sample deep into the southern atmosphere as well as to measure possible seasonal changes.

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