Cassini's Radar Peers Through Titan's Haze

artist depiction of Titan flyby artist depiction of Titan flyby. Image credit: NASA/JPL
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May 13, 2008

Cassini completed a successful flyby of Titan on May 12, at an altitude of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), for the first of two Titan northern hemisphere flybys that will wrap up the original four-year mission.

On this flyby, Cassini's radar instrument mapped the bright region of Xanadu, which was only partly imaged previously. This overlap in coverage may yield stereo views of the region. The radar team targeted Hotei Arcus, as well as a possible cryovolcanic feature, Tortola Facula (informally known as the "Snail"), which was visible in infrared images.

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