Saturn's moon Titan, Cassini image

Saturn's moon Titan, Cassini image

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/University of Idaho/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cassini spacecraft image of Saturn's largest moon Titan. The bright white area is sunglint, or a specular reflection, off of the hydrocarbon lake Kivu Lacus. The pink area surrounding it is haze in Titan's atmosphere that is illuminated by the sunglint. The joint NASA-ESA Cassini-Huygens spacecraft was launched in 1997 and took seven years to reach Saturn and its moons. The Huygens probe separated from Cassini on 25th December 2004, and descended to the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The Cassini orbiter continued orbiting Saturn; studying its atmosphere and rings and performing flybys of its moons. Near-infrared colour image obtained by Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) on 24th July 2012 at an approximate distance of 30,000 kilometres from Titan.

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