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Amazing Photos: Titan, Saturn's Largest Moon

Saturn Moon Titan Atmosphere Photo

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

This day-side photo of Titan taken by the Cassini spacecraft shows a buildup of haze over the Saturn moon's south pole (bottom). Cassini has found a build up of haze over the south pole (bottom). New results from Cassini's infrared spectrometer show that air is now sinking at the south pole, leading to increased temperatures at high altitude and a large enrichment in trace gases. Image released Nov. 28, 2012.

Cassini Shot of Saturn Moons Dione and Titan

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, appears deceptively small paired here with Dione, Saturn's third-largest moon, in this shot snapped by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Nov. 6, 2011. Titan is much farther from the spacecraft than Dione is in this view. The view was captured at a distance of approximately 684,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) from Titan but only about 85,000 miles (136,000 km) from Dione.

Behold, Titan

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

This view shows a close up of toward the south polar region of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and show a depression within the moon's orange and blue haze layers near the south pole. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snapped the image on Sept. 11, 2011 and it was released on Dec. 22.

Saturn Holiday Treats: Titan and the Rings

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The colorful globe of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, passes in front of the planet and its rings in this true color snapshot from NASA's Cassini spacecraft taken on May 21, 2011 and released on Dec. 22.

Titan's Orangey Blue Haze Up Close

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

This wide-angle view of Titan shows Saturn’s largest moon as it appeared on Sept. 11, 2011 to NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which snapped the photo from a distance of about 83,000 miles. This image was released on Dec. 22.

Saturn Holiday Treats: Titan and Tethys

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Saturn's moon Tethys, with its stark white icy surface, peeps out from behind the larger, hazy, colorful Titan in this Cassini view of the two moons. Saturn's rings lie between the two. NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped this photo on May 21, 2011 and it was released on Dec. 22.

Saturn Holiday Treats: Titan and Dione

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Saturn's third-largest moon Dione can be seen through the haze of its largest moon, Titan, in this view of the two posing before the planet and its rings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft released on Dec. 22, 2011. The north polar hood can be seen on Titan appearing as a detached layer at the top of the moon here.

One Saturn Moon Blows Oxygen to Another

NASA/JPL/SSI

The atmosphere of Titan can be seen on the Saturn moon's limb in this stunning view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Plunge Into an Alien World

A global detached haze layer and discrete cloud-like features high above Titan's northern terminator (day-night transition) are visible in this close-up image acquired on October 24, 2004, as the Cassini spacecraft neared its first close encounter with Titan. This image is a colorized version of an ultraviolet image.

Mammoth Cloud Engulfs Titan's North Pole

NASA, JPL

This composite image shows the cloud, imaged at a distance of 90,000 kilometers (54,000 miles) during a Titan flyby designed to observe the limb of the moon. The cloud extends down to 60 degrees north latitude.

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