July 7, 2010
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's largest moon and maps the dark Belet region on Titan.
Lit terrain seen here is in the area between the trailing hemisphere and Saturn-facing side of Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across). North on Titan is up.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 24, 2010 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of ultraviolet light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.9 million kilometers (1.2 million miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 82 degrees. Image scale is 11 kilometers (7 miles) 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