Titan Behind the Rings

Article written: 1 Jun , 2006
Updated: 24 Mar , 2012
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Titan behind Saturn’s icy ring. Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI Click to enlarge
Titan peeks from behind Saturns rings in this recent Cassini photograph. The dark Enke gap and narrow F-ring are visible. Cassini took this image on April 28, 2006 when it was approximately 1.8 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Titan.

Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, peaks out from under the planet’s rings of ice.

This view looks toward Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) from slightly beneath the ringplane. The dark Encke gap (325 kilometers, or 200 miles wide) is visible here, as is the narrow F ring.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 28, 2006 at a distance of approximately 1.8 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Titan. Image scale is 11 kilometers (7 miles) per pixel on Titan.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Original Source: NASA/JPL/SSI News Release


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