Titan is live!

For 13 years, the Cassini spacecraft flew 127 times over Titan, Saturn's largest satellite. LPG was involved in the VIMS Imaging Spectrometer team. By compiling all the observations acquired month after month, global maps have been realized, revealing the diversity of the geological terrains composing the surface of Titan. In particular, the use of infrared wavelengths has made it possible to overcome the effects of the atmosphere, which diffuses and strongly absorbs light radiation, making the surface invisible to the naked eye. In these new images in false colors, the huge dune fields appear in brown at the equatorial zones of Titan. The imaging techniques developed as part of the Cassini mission, which was finished in September 2017, open the way for future exploration missions for the coming decades.

 PIA21923 CassiniVIMSTitan MAIN 600pxImage credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Stéphane Le Mouélic, University of Nantes, Virginia Pasek, University of Arizona

 

> Press release NASA, 17 july 2018