PIA00733: Titan's Brighter Southern Hemisphere
 Target Name:  Titan
 Is a satellite of:  Saturn
 Mission:  Voyager
 Spacecraft:  Voyager 1
 Instrument:  VG ISS - Narrow Angle
 Product Size:  400 x 400 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Producer ID:  P23057
 Addition Date:  1997-09-25
 Primary Data Set:  Voyager EDRs
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA00733.tif (37.73 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA00733.jpg (4.127 kB)

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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.

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