Close Encounter of a First Kind
Photojournal: PIA06137
Source: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Published: December 17, 2004

Close Encounter of a First Kind
October 27, 2004

Full-Res: PIA06137

This movie is a condensed version of Cassini's 44-hour approach to Titan. During the movie, the planet rotates about 40 degrees and the spacecraft's distance to the moon ranges from 1,800,000 to 700,000 kilometers (1,000,000 to 435,000 miles). At is closest, on Oct. 26, 2004, Cassini was 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) above the moon. Clouds are seen forming and evolving near the south pole. The images making up this movie were captured by Cassini's imaging science subsystem through near-infrared filters.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.

For the latest news about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit For more information about the mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page, .


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