Surface Features Cover Saturn's Moon, Titan

Surface Features Cover Saturn's Moon, Titan

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News release ID: STScI-1994-55
Release Date: Nov 8, 1994
Image Use: Copyright
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Four global projections of the HST Titan data, separated in longitude by 90 degrees. Upper left: hemisphere facing Saturn. Upper right: leading hemisphere (brightest region). Lower left: the hemisphere which never faces Saturn. Lower right: trailing hemisphere. Not that these assignments assume that the rotation is synchronous. The imaging team says its data strongly support this assumption - a longer time baseline is needed for proof. The surface near the poles is never visible to an observer in Titan's equatorial plane because of the large optical path.

Moons, Observations, Planets, Saturn, Solar System


Credit: University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory; STScI