Detail View: NASA Planetary Photo Journal Collection: Titan's Brighter Southern Hemisphere

Title: 
Titan's Brighter Southern Hemisphere
Original Caption Released with Image: 
Titan, the largest of Saturn's 14 known satellites, shows little more than the upper layers of clouds covering the moon in this Voyager 1 picture, taken on November 4, 1980 at a range of 12 million kilometers (7,560,000 miles). The orange colored haze, believed to be composed of photochemically produced hydrocarbons, hides Titan's solid surface from the Voyager cameras. Some weak shadings in the clouds are becoming visible. However, note that the satellite's southern (lower) hemisphere is brighter than the northern. It is not known whether these subtle shadings are on the surface or are due to clouds below a high haze layer. The Voyager project is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA.
Addition Date: 
1997-09-25
Produced By: 
JPL
Mission: 
Voyager
Spacecraft: 
Voyager 1
Target Name: 
Titan
Is a satellite of: 
Saturn
Instrument: 
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
Product Size: 
400 samples x 400 lines
Primary Data Set: 
Voyager EDRs
Producer ID: 
P23057
facet_what: 
Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
facet_where: 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
facet_when: 
November 4, 1980
facet_when_year: 
1980
Image #: 
PIA00733
UID: 
SPD-PHOTJ-PIA00733
original url: 
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00733