This computer animation shows the planned observations by Cassini spanning roughly a two-day period surrounding its first very close approach to Titan on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, at Saturn, or 9:50 PDT, Earth-received time.
The animation extends from Oct. 25, 10:20 a.m. PDT, to Oct. 26, 7:20 p.m. PDT. Red indicates observations to be taken in infrared, white in visible light, and purple in utlraviolet. Green indicates radar observations. The name of the instrument team that has designed the observation -- imaging science subsystem, visual and infrared spectrometer, composite infrared spectrometer, ultraviolet imaging spectrograph, radar -- is shown.
The globe of Titan is covered with the map of imaging data shown in PIA06116.
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 Office of Space Science, 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.