Titan, a moon larger than Mercury, drifts past Saturn’s rings.
On May 6, 2012, the Cassini spacecraft’s cameras caught an arresting view of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, drifting before the planet. Larger than the planet Mercury, Titan measures 3,200 miles (5,150 kilometers) across. In this closeup from the same observation, some of the intriguing world’s unique features come into clearer view.
The detached haze layer that surrounds Titan is clearly visible against Saturn and its rings in the background, the haze growing more complex in its structure near the poles. The camera looks toward the dune-filled region known as Shangri-La, where the Huygens probe’s landing site sits just below and left of center, around the 8 o’clock position.
This view is a mosaic of four images that were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft’s narrow-angle camera, at a distance of approximately 478,000 miles (770,000 kilometers) from Titan.
The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.
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