Tuesday, August 16, 2005

New Titan Image: Dawn at the Huygens Site

CICLOPS has posted this view of Titan taken last month from a distance of 1.3 million km. This view shows the boundary between Xanadu and Shangri-la. This region was seen a number of times during the Ta, Tb, and T3 encounters and will next be seen upclose during the T8 encounter in October. However, this region has not been seen at this phase angle, providing an opportunity to examine the terrain in this region and its photometric properties. At the time this image was taken, the sun was rising over the Huygens landing site, off the Adiri "coast". The lake-like feature prominently features in images taken in June, Ontario Lacus, can be seen near the bottom, along with a few clouds.


Anonymous jerry said...

The persistant 'clouds' near the southern pole - in the latest NASA motion series - look suspiciously like volcanic plumage...

(Especially after seeing current thermal activity in Enceladus.)

This mission just keeps getting better!

8/18/2005 08:29:00 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Or they are just "monsoon rains" due to it being summer...

8/18/2005 09:22:00 AM  

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