Cassini_Saturn_Orbit_Insertion.jpg MISSION SUMMARY
Mission: Cassini/Huygens
Mission type: Orbiter/Lander
Launch date: October 1997
Launch vehicles: Titan IV-B/Centaur
Launch site: Cape Canaveral
Orbital insertion date: July 2004
Mission duration: Primary mission complete June 2008, Equinox mission complete September 2010, Solstice mission 2017
Mission status: Active
Overview: Cassini-Huygens is a joint NASA/ESA/ASI spacecraft mission studying the planet Saturn and its many natural satellites. The mission includes a Saturn orbiter and an atmospheric probe/lander for the moon Titan. The Titan probe - Huygens, entered and landed on the moon in 2005. The current end of mission plan is a 2017 Saturn impact. Cassini has seven primary objectives: --Determine the three-dimensional structure and dynamic behavior of the rings of Saturn --Determine the composition of the satellite surfaces and the geological history of each object --Determine the nature and origin of the dark material on Iapetus's leading hemisphere --Measure the three-dimensional structure and dynamic behavior of the magnetosphere --Study the dynamic behavior of Saturn's atmosphere at cloud level --Study the time variability of Titan's clouds and hazes --Characterize Titan's surface on a regional scale.

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Cassini-Huygens - official

Cassini Flybys

Cassini News Releases

Cassini Solstice

ESA Links

Wikipedia Links

NASA Missions

NASA Solar System


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Cassini_interplanet_trajectory.png Cassini Trajectory

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Cassini Paper Model (difficult)
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SS-simulator.jpg Solar System Simulator - JPL

logo-eotss-main.png Eyes on the Universe - JPL

MapAPlanet-banner.jpg Map a Planet - USGS

Documents and PowerPoints

Cassini Mission Fact Sheet.pdf

Cassini Press Kit.pdf
Cassini SOI Description.pdf
Spacecraft Power.pdf
Cassini's Earthly Benefits.pdf
Spacecraft Speeds.pdf

Cassini Story.ppt
Cassini Images.ppt

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