Ti­tan: a world of its own

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

This vis­ually ar­rest­ing view of Saturn’s largest moon Ti­tan is just one of many stun­ning im­ages cap­tured by NASA’s Cassini space­craft be­fore the mis­sion ended in Septem­ber 2017. The world, which is larger than the planet Mer­cury, mea­sures 5,150 kilo­me­tres (3,200 miles) across – in this close-up, some of Ti­tan’s in­trigu­ing fea­tures are plain to see. Cassini’s cam­era looks to­ward the dune-filled re­gion known as Shangri-La, where the Huy­gens probe’s land­ing site sits.

Look closely, and you’ll be able to see the de­tached haze that sur­rounds Ti­tan. Be­hind the moon are Saturn's rings.

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