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Hazy Ring

4 Sep 2017, 01:09 UTC
Hazy Ring
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NASA dixit:
“January 30, 2012. The Cassini spacecraft looks toward the dark side of Saturn’s largest moon and captures the halo-like ring produced by sunlight scattering through the periphery of Titan’s atmosphere. A detached, high-altitude global haze layer encircles Titan. See Titan’s Halo to learn more. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Titan (3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers across). North on Titan is up and rotated 29 degrees to the left.
The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 123,000 miles (197,000 kilometers) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 162 degrees. Image scale is 7 miles (12 kilometers) per pixel.”
“After almost 20 years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration: its Grand Finale. Between April and September 2017, Cassini will undertake a daring set of orbits that is, in many ways, like a whole new mission. Following a final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan, Cassini will leap over the planet’s icy rings and begin a series of 22 weekly dives between the planet and the rings.
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