January 12, 2005
Until 1994, the optically opaque atmosphere of Titan completely hid the satelliteÂ¿s surface from view. In 1994, the Wide Field-Planetary Camera on the Hubble Space Telescope provided the first glimpse below TitanÂ¿s cloud layer. A large white area approximately the size of Australia is seen in this image. Because this region rotates at the same rate as does Titan, it is believed to be a surface feature.
Topics: Planetary atmospheres, Titan, Planetary science, Australia, Extraterrestrial atmospheres, Cassini–Huygens timeline, Atmosphere, Hubble Space Telescope, Space exploration, Technology Internet