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Before & After: Titan above and below the atmosphere
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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:
NASA / JPL / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla
Titan geography around Fensal-Aztlan
Original image data dated on or about December 31, 2015.
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