Smoggy, golden Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is set against the backdrop of the giant planet in May 2012.
In December 2004, just five months after arriving at the Saturnian system, Cassini jettisoned the Huygens probe, which arrived at Titan 22 days later. After orbiting the moon, Huygens landed in January 2005, sending scientists the most detailed images yet of Titan's surface.
"While this gorgeous image was being processed, I noticed that the colors in the Saturn atmosphere were noticeably changed from those seen upon our arrival in 2004," Porco said. "A decade's worth of monitoring Saturn can do that: reveal to us eager onlookers the subtle changes brought about by the gradual advance of the seasons.
"Our exploration of Titan ... has been like a Jules Verne adventure come true," she added. (See "Launch Boat to Saturn Moon, Scientists Propose.")