Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Cassini-Huygens Update...Sort Of

I checked at the NASA and JPL sites to see if the Huygens probe had sent back any information yet.  If so, it has not been announced yet.  So instead, here is an image from Cassini:

ultraviolet image showing haze over Titan

Cassini has found Titan's upper atmosphere to consist of a surprising number of layers of haze, as shown in this ultraviolet image of Titan's night side limb, colorized to look like true color. The many fine haze layers extend several hundred kilometers above the surface. Although this is a night side view, with only a thin crescent receiving direct sunlight, the haze layers are bright from light scattered through the atmosphere.