NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Provides Images Of Saturn’s Moon Titan During Flyby

Posted: Dec 8 2015, 6:32pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Saturn's moon, Titan
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Saturn’s moon, Titan, had always been puzzling to scientists around the world, but NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided some telling images of the body obtained when it flew by it on November 13 this year - Space Daily reports.

Cassini deployed its visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) equipment to take the shots at visible wavelengths. Cassini’s imaging instruments were able to see through the haze covering Titan in order to reveal its surface, and the almost infrared wavelengths made imaging the moon possible under the right conditions.

The Cassini spacecraft was closest to Titan when it flew by at an altitude of about 6,200 miles or 10,000 km – much higher than previous flybys which had been recorded at 750 miles or 1,200 km. during the historic flyby, Cassini was able to deploy its VIMS to capture high-resolution images over very wide areas at about some kilometers per pixel.

The images taken during the flyby were taken when Titan faced Saturn, revealing dark areas and sand dunes to the north and south of the body; while some other photos reveal better details of Titan because they were captured when Cassini was closest to Titan during its flyby.

There are also images of impact crater on Titan, and Menrva as well as Xanadu and the basin Hotei Regio and other channels that tell a lot about natural formations on the Saturn’s moon. The dark appearance of the southern latitudes and the light features of the northern latitudes is largely because of the moving position of the sun in the sky of the Titan’s northern hemisphere.

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