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No. 16 - Successful Titan-B flyby

No. 16 - Successful Titan-B flyby

Monday, 13 December 2004, at 11:38 UT, Cassini-Huygens successfully executed its second targeted flyby of Saturn's largest moon Titan. At closest approach the spacecraft came to within 1200 kilometres of the moon's surface, allowing for observations at a similar resolution of those made during the first targeted encounter on 27 October 2004.

Data from the UVIS will be used to improve the model of Titan's atmosphere, necessary to validate the altitude of future flybys. It will provide valuable information for the upcoming descent of the Huygens Probe in January 2005.

The ISS targeted several regions that were also observed during the previous flyby on 27 October, allowing for the detection of possible changes in the surface patterns.

Science Results

The following is a selection of images returned from the Cassini imaging systems. Click on an image to access a high resolution version and full caption details.

Haze silhouettes against Titan's glow

Wavelength: Infrared
Distance to Titan: 158 000 km
Resolution: -

Spying Titan's weather

Wavelength: Near Infrared
Distance to Titan: 225 000 km
Resolution: -

Titan's many layers

Wavelength: Ultraviolet
Distance to Titan: -
Resolution: 0.7 km per pixel

Mosaic of surface coverage

Wavelength: Near Infrared
Distance to Titan: 80 900 to 42 400 km
Resolution: Scaled to 1.2 km per pixel

Titan's mid-latitude clouds

Wavelength: Infrared
Distance to Titan: -
Resolution: 0.6 km per pixel

Approaching Titan again

Wavelength: Infrared
Distance to Titan: 1 746 000 km
Resolution: 10.4 km per pixel

Titan's dark terrain

Wavelength: 938 nm
Distance to Titan: 125 900 km
Resolution: 735 m per pixel


Wavelength: 918 nm
Distance to Titan: 178 600 km
Resolution: 10.5 km per pixel


Wavelength: 890 nm
Distance to Titan: 124 800 km
Resolution: 7.5 km per pixel

Titan's surface

Wavelength: Infrared
Distance to Titan: 810 000 km
Resolution: 4.8 km per pixel

Last Update: 1 September 2019
23-Apr-2024 23:28 UT

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