Titan. In color.

Color-composite raw image of Titan, captured Jan. 30. (NASA/JPL/SSI/J. Major)

On Jan. 30, the Cassini spacecraft executed a flyby maneuver of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, passing within 19,340 miles (31,130 km) of its surface.

This color composite image of the cloud-covered moon was created by combining raw data acquired with Cassini’s Imaging Science System (ISS) in red, green, blue and clear color channels. The result is the image above, approximating what the human eye might see… albeit the “real” view would appear much dimmer due to the low levels of light at that distance from the Sun.

The dark areas are vast hydrocarbon dune fields known as “Shangri-La”.

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