CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

First Close Up on Titan

In the first of a series of very close flybys that our craft will make of Titan over the next 4 years, Cassini is bringing into view telling details on the surface of the moon that have been hidden for billions of years. Dramatic surface and atmospheric features are already easily seen in images taken on approach to Titan.

Oct 28, 2004: Two Views of Titan's Haze - These images show two views of Titan's planet-wide stratospheric haze just before (left) and after (right) Cassini's first close encounter with the shrouded moon.
Oct 28, 2004: Titan's Tantalizing Streaks - This wide-angle image captured by Cassini's imaging science subsystem shows streaks of surface material in the equatorial region of Titan.
Oct 28, 2004: Surface Streaks - This medium-resolution view shows some of the surface streaks of Titan's equatorial terrain.
Oct 28, 2004: Titan Vs. Mars - This image compares streaked terrain on Titan and Mars.

Oct 27, 2004: Global Titan Approach Movie - This 44-hour movie shows the approach to Titan.
Oct 27, 2004: Huygen's Landing Site - Shown here are two images of the expected landing site of the Huygens probe (latitude10.6 S, longitude 191 W).
Oct 27, 2004: Titan Close-Ups - These images, taken during Cassini's first close flyby of Titan, show details never before seen on Titan's mysterious surface.
Oct 27, 2004: Titan Close-Ups - These images, taken during Cassini's first close flyby of Titan, show details never before seen on Titan's mysterious surface.
Oct 27, 2004: Titan in False Color - If you had vision that includes part of the ultraviolet and infrared, this is what Titan might look like.

Oct 26, 2004: Titan's First Close-Up #10 - This image was taken during Cassini's very close approach to Titan on October 26, 2004.
Oct 26, 2004: Titan's First Close-Up #9 - This image was taken during Cassini's very close approach to Titan on October 26, 2004.
Oct 26, 2004: Titan's First Close-Up #8 - This image was taken during Cassini's very close approach to Titan on October 26, 2004.
Oct 26, 2004: Titan's First Close-Up #7 - This image was taken during Cassini's very close approach to Titan on October 26, 2004.
Oct 26, 2004: Titan's First Close-Up #6 - This image was taken during Cassini's very close approach to Titan on October 26, 2004.
Oct 26, 2004: Titan's First Close-Up #5 - This image was taken during Cassini's very close approach to Titan on October 26, 2004.
Oct 26, 2004: Titan's First Close-Up #4 - This image was taken during Cassini's very close approach to Titan on October 26, 2004.
Oct 26, 2004: Titan's First Close-Up #3 - This image was taken during Cassini's very close approach to Titan on October 26, 2004.
Oct 26, 2004: Titan's First Close-Up #2 - This image was taken during Cassini's very close approach to Titan on October 26, 2004.
Oct 26, 2004: Titan's First Close-Up #1 - This image is one of the closest ever taken of Saturn's hazy moon Titan.
Oct 26, 2004: Revealing Titan's Surface - These three pictures were created from a sequence of images acquired by Cassini's Imaging Science Subsystem on 25 October 2004, 38 hours before its closest approach to Titan.
Oct 26, 2004: South Polar Cloud Movie - This movie sequence of the south polar region of Titan was acquired over an 11.5-hr period on October 23, 2004 as the Cassini spacecraft approached its first very close Titan encounter.
Oct 26, 2004: High Haze in Color - A global detached haze layer and discrete cloud-like features are visible in this Cassini image acquired on October 24, 2004 as the Cassini spacecraft neared its first close encounter with Titan.

Oct 25, 2004: Eyes on Xanadu - This Titan image, revealing the bright 'continent-sized' terrain known as Xanadu, was acquired with the narrow angle camera through a spectral filter centered at 938 nm, a wavelength region at which Titan's surface can be most easily detected.
Oct 25, 2004: High in the Titan Atmosphere - High altitude haze and perhaps cloud layers are visible in this ISS image acquired on October 24 as the Cassini spacecraft neared its first close encounter with Titan.
Oct 25, 2004: Seasonal Differences - Cassini's finely-tuned vision reveals seasonal differences in the global haze that envelopes Titan in this narrow angle camera image from October 24, 2004.
Oct 25, 2004: Titan Flyby Animation - This computer animation shows the observations to be taken by Cassini spanning roughly a two-day period surrounding its first very close approach to Titan on Tuesday, October 26, at 08:30 PDT at Saturn, or 09:50 PDT Earth received time (ERT).
Oct 25, 2004: Zooming In On Titan - This map of Titan's surface, generated from images taken during Cassini's approach to Saturn, illustrates the imaging coverage planned during Cassini's first very close Titan flyby on 26 October 2004.

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