This computer animation shows the observations to be taken by Cassini during its second close approach to Titan on Monday, December 13, 2004. Red indicates observations to be taken in the infrared, white in the visible, and purple in the utlraviolet. The name of instrument team that has designed the observation -- ISS, VIMS, CIRS, UVIS -- is shown.
During this flyby, Cassini will pass approximately 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) above Titan's surface – about the same distance as the previous close flyby in October. This will be Cassini's final flyby of Titan before the Huygens probe is launched to explore the smoggy moon's atmosphere and land on its surface.
The globe of Titan is covered with the map of imaging data shown in PIA 06148.
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 Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.