April 28, 2010
The Cassini spacecraft peers through Titan's atmosphere at the region called Adiri, west of the landing site of the Huygens probe on the anti-Saturn side of the moon.
See Titan's Variety and Titan's Surface to learn more. This view is centered on terrain at 22 degrees south latitude, 209 degrees west longitude. North on Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) is up and rotated 36 degrees to the right.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 12, 2009 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 130,000 kilometers (81,000 miles) from Titan. Image scale is 766 meters (2,513 feet) 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