Titan: the green giant

Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer on Cassini took this picture of Titan
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer on Cassini took this picture of Titan

NASA’s Cassini orbiter has taken many wonderful pictures of Saturn and its moons with this snapshot of Titan being one of them. The near-infrared, color mosaic of the giant planet sized Titan was taken by an interesting camera on the orbiter called the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). This camera takes pictures in 352 colours at the same time with wavelengths in the 300-5100 nano meter range, which is greater than what can be discerned by the human eye. This image shows the sun glinting off of Titan’s northern polar seas.

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