Hovering over Titan

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Record ID

SPI_176

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Division

Center for Earth and Planetary Studies

Creator

Cassini spacecraft

Medium

Satellite transmission

Date

2004

Description

This mosaic of nine processed images was acquired during <I>Cassini</I>'s first close flyby of Titan on October 26, 2004, and is the most detailed full-disc view yet of Saturn?s mysterious moon. The image makes clear the brightness variations across the surface and the bright clouds near Titan?s south pole. This mosaic is made up of images that have been processed to reduce the effects of the atmosphere and to sharpen surface features. It has been trimmed to show only the illuminated surface?not the atmosphere above the edge of the moon. Titan?s surface features are most easily seen near the center of the disc, where the spacecraft is able to look directly downward. Toward the outside the spacecraft?s view is obstructed by a haze that washes out surface features, leading the contrast to become progressively lower and surface features to become fuzzier.

Image ID

ASU-IPF-2215

Type

Photographs

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