Huygens Probe meets Titan


Titan's atmosphere layers

This composite was produced from images returned January 14, 2005, by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe during its successful descent to land on Titan. It shows the boundary between the lighter-colored uplifted terrain, marked with what appear to be drainage channels, and darker lower areas. These images were taken from an altitude of about 8 kilometers (about 5 miles) and a resolution of about 20 meters (about 65 feet) per pixel. The images were taken by the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer, one of two NASA instruments on the probe. Initially displayed in a gray scale, below is the colorized version of it I created pasting shades sampled from the previous pictures of Titan's atmosphere prior it's descent.