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Before & After: Titan above and below the atmosphere

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Before & After: Titan above and below the atmosphere
Before & After: Titan above and below the atmosphere
 
Cassini captured these images on December 31, 2015. Seen in visible light, Titan's atmosphere makes an opaque orange haze. Seen at an infrared wavelength at which methane is transparent, fuzzy surface features come into view. The "H" on Titan is made by two dark, dune-filled regions named Fensal and Aztlan.

NASA / JPL / SSI / Val Klavans

Here is a guide to the features visible on the surface:

Titan geography around Fensal-Aztlan

NASA / JPL / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla

Titan geography around Fensal-Aztlan

Original image data dated on or about December 31, 2015.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Val Klavans

 

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