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Titan Flyby.
Titan's Flyby.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its fourth flyby of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, on Tuesday. At its closest approach, the spacecraft swept past the surface at an altitude of only 1,580 km (982 miles). It took images that will help scientists study the moon's clouds, atmosphere and surface structures. NASA is also hoping Cassini will be able to spot where Huygens landed on Titan in January, to give researchers a better idea of the terrain that the probe landed in.

This image was taken during Cassini's third close approach to Titan on Feb. 15, 2005.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow angle camera, through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of polarized Infrared light, centered at 938 nanometers.

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 team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.

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




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