News | January 29, 2012
Titan Flyby (T-81): Back to the South
T-81: Back to the South
On this high-altitude encounter, the imaging science subsystem (ISS) performed high-resolution observations along Titan’s leading hemisphere at high southern latitudes, including a late view of Ontario Lacus before the Sun set for southern winter. This was one of ISS’ so-called “10-pointer” flybys, i.e. one of the two scientifically most significant Titan flybys for ISS during the Solstice mission. ISS also rode along with the composite infrared spectrometer’s (CIRS’) inbound high phase angle observations and CIRS’ outbound observations over Titan's anti-Saturnian hemisphere at low phase angles. This encounter was one of the last views of Titan’s high southern latitudes. The visible and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) rode along with ISS to look for lakes in the South Pole area.