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View from Titan's Surface

View from Titan's Surface


Date: 29 November 2005
Satellite: Huygens
Copyright: ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Images from the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descent imager/spectral radiometer side-looking imager and from the medium resolution imager, acquired after landing, were merged to produce this image.

The horizon's position implies a pitch of the imager/spectral radiometer, nose-upward, by 1 to 2 degrees with no measurable roll. "Stones" in the foreground are 10 to 15 centimetres in size, presumably made of water ice, and these lie on a darker, finer-grained substrate. A region with a relatively low number of rocks lies between clusters of rocks in the foreground and the background and matches the general orientation of channel-like features in this panorama. The scene evokes the possibility of a dry lakebed.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project between NASA, ESA and Italy's ASI space agency.

 

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