Titan's surface revealed
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Titan's surface revealed

05/07/2004 318 views 0 likes
ESA / Science & Exploration / Space Science / Cassini-Huygens

Piercing the layer of smog enshrouding Titan, these images from the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens spacecraft reveal an exotic surface covered with a variety of materials in the southern hemisphere.

Using near-infrared light, these images taken by the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer reveal the surface with unusual clarity. This colour image shows a false-colour combination of three previous images taken with different colour filters.

The yellow areas correspond to the hydrocarbon-rich regions, while the green areas are the icier regions. Here, the methane cloud appears white, as it is bright in all three wavelengths. A circular feature that may be a crater is visible in the north.

Titan - Infrared views of the surface at three wavelengths
Titan - Infrared views of the surface at three wavelengths

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a co-operative project of NASA, ESA and ASI, the Italian space agency.

Credits: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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