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Second Titan Targeted Flyby
- Title Second Titan Targeted Flyby
- Released 08/11/2004 12:58 pm
- Copyright NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
This image was taken on 11 December 2004 by the Cassini spacecraft as it approached Titan for its second close encounter with this intriguing moon.
The bright and dark regions near the centre of the frame are features on Titan's surface. The image has been processed to make features more visible. The surface contrast is degraded toward the edges of the disk due to the effects of Titan's smoggy atmosphere. The region seen here is similar to that seen during Cassini's first close flyby of Titan in October. The bright area toward the bottom of the image is the region dubbed 'Xanadu.' North is to the upper right.
The image was acquired at a distance of approximately 810 000 kilometres. The image scale is 4.8 kilometres per pixel.