Amazing Photos: Titan, Saturn's Largest Moon

Craters on Titan and Callisto


Surface features observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft at the Xanadu region on Saturn's moon Titan (left), and features observed by NASA's Galileo probe on Jupiter's moon Callisto (right). Scientists think the Titan features are eroded impact craters rather than signs of volcanic activity.

Giant Lake Confirmed on Saturn's Moon Titan

Right Image - NASA/JPL/University of Arizona; Left image - NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

A partial view of Titan's Ontariou Lacus (right image) from 680 miles away, or 1,100 km away, shows what appears to be a beach in the lower right of the image, below the bright lake shoreline. An image was also taken of the lake feature in June 2005 (left image).

Cassini view of Titan, looking for clouds

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers through the murk of Titan's thick atmosphere in this view, taken with Cassini's narrow-angle camera on Sept. 25, 2008.

Europe's Huygens Probe Landed in Titan Mud

ESA/NASA/University of Arizona.

The Huygens probe took this photo from the surface of Titan. The image has been colored and processed to give a good indication of the actual orangeish color of the surface.

False-color Titan

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

This false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Titan in ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths.

Global Map of the Surface of Titan

JPL/NASA/Univ. of Arizona/CNRS/LPGNantes

Global mosaic of Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) images acquired during the nominal and equinox Cassini mission. Differences in composition translate into subtle differences of colors in this mosaic, revealing the diversity of terrains on Titan, such as the brownish equatorial dune fields or the bright, elevated terrains.

Saturn's Rings, Titan and Enceladus

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus hangs below the gas giant’s rings while Titan lurks in the background, in this new image taken by the Cassini spacecraft on March 12, 2012.

Simulating Titan-Like Smog


In a laboratory experiment at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., scientists simulating the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan have brewed up complex organic molecules that they think could eventually lead to the building blocks of life. In this picture, molecules of dicyanoacetylene are seen on a special film on a sapphire window. They are the result of exposing simple organic molecules known to exist at Titan with sun-like radiation on Aug. 4, 2010. Image released April 2, 2013.

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