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Above and Below Titan's Atmosphere #12 | by Val Klavans
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Above and Below Titan's Atmosphere #12

On the left is a true color image of Titan. The moon's north polar hood and south polar vortex are visible in this view. The image on the right is a colorized view of Titan's surface. Cassini imaged Titan in the infrared to peer past its atmosphere and see its surface. The dark areas are hydrocarbon seas and lakes. Titan's largest sea, Kraken Mare, is visible here.


These views are made of images that were taken by Cassini's camera system, the Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) on December 4, 2014 and received on Earth December 6, 2014. The camera was pointing toward TITAN at approximately 1,319,467 miles (2,123,476 kilometers) away, and the images were taken using the red, green, blue and continuum band filters.


Credit: NASA / JPL / SSI / Val Klavans

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Uploaded on December 14, 2014