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Leilah Fluctus Despeckled

NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI2015-02-12

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Presented here are side-by-side comparisons of a traditional Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) view, at left, and one made using a new technique for handling electronic noise that results in clearer views of Titan's surface, at right. The technique, called despeckling, produces images that can be easier for researchers to interpret.

The terrain seen here is in the flow region named Leilah Fluctus (55 degrees north, 80 degrees west). With the speckle noise suppressed, the overall pattern of bright and dark in the scene becomes more apparent. In particular, cone-shaped features near lower right stand out, which could be alluvial analogues on Titan -- features produced by the action of rivers or floods.

North is toward right in this image, which shows an area about 50 miles (80 kilometers) wide.

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA19054

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  • Title: Leilah Fluctus Despeckled
  • Creator: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI
  • Date Created: 2015-02-12
  • Rights: JPL

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