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Hubble Observes Surface of Titan
Hubble Observes Surface of Titan (click to enlarge)
 
 

Hubble Observes Surface of Titan
Date: 8 Nov 1994

Four global projections of the Hubble Space Telescope Titan data, separated in longitude by 90 degrees. Upper left: hemisphere facing Saturn. Upper right: leading hemisphere (brightest region). Lower left: the hemisphere which never faces Saturn. Lower right: trailing hemisphere.

Note that these assignments assume that the rotation is synchronous. The imaging team says its data strongly support this assumption -- a longer time baseline is needed for proof. The surface near the poles is never visible to an observer in Titan's equatorial plane because of the large optical path.


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Credit: NASA Planetary Photojournal



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