Emily Lakdawalla • May 19, 2006
Cassini RADAR images of the surface of Titan
Since the last Titan flyby on April 30, the Cassini RADAR team has been releasing quite a large number of pieces of the swath to the Web, and then they topped it off with a nice long piece of the middle of the swath from the last flyby. I spoke with RADAR team member Ralph Lorenz yesterday about the latest RADAR imaging and am working on a detailed story, but today I spent much of the day trying to figure out where on Titan all these bits and pieces of RADAR images came from. I've put together a new page for the Saturn section: "Cassini RADAR images of the surface of Titan." The page includes the complete Ta and T3 swaths, the first to have been released to the scientific community via NASA's Planetary Data System.
The new page also includes my attempts at reconstructing where all of the little bits of publicly released images from subsequent flybys fit on the map. Just for grins, here are those attempts. You can see that nearly all of T8 -- the one containing the Huygens landing site -- has been released publicly; about half of T7; and about a third of T13. I'm not going to finish writing up my notes from my chat with Ralph today -- hopefully I'll be able to do that on Monday.
By the way, Cassini's zooming in for yet another Titan flyby today! It's currently about 13 hours from closest approach on a flyby that mostly involves studies of the atmosphere, with imaging of the "limb" (the edge of the disk) and radio science.
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