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Cassini CIRS Observations of Iapetus' Thermal EmissionCassini s Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS, [1]) mapped Iapetus thermal emission from 7 to approx.300 microns during the spacecraft s December 31st 2004 flyby of the satellite. Short-wavelength spectra were obtained with the CIRS "FP3" (10 - 17 micron) and "FP4" (7 - 10 micron) detector arrays, each consisting of 1 x 10 pixels with a spatial resolution of 0.29 milliradians, while longer wavelength observations used the "FP1" detector, with a single-aperture detector with 4 milliradian diameter. The detectors are scanned across the target to build up an image cube with two spatial dimensions and one spectral dimension. CIRS daytime observations covered the dark terrain of Cassini Regio, except for high northern latitudes which were occupied by bright terrain, while nighttime observations covered a mixture of bright and dark terrain. The 120,000 km flyby distance provided a maximum spatial resolution of 35 km in the FP3 and FP4 detectors, and 500 km in the FP1 detector.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Spencer, J. R.
(Southwest Research Inst. Boulder, CO, United States)
Pearl, J. C.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Segura, M.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2005
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVI, Part 18
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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