content long 23-June-2018 14:03:25

Instruments

Introduction

To gather as much science as possible during its historic mission to the Saturnian region, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft is equipped with eighteen instruments, twelve on the Cassini orbiter and six on the Huygens descent probe. Many of these sophisticated instruments are capable of multiple functions, and the data that they gather will be studied by scientists worldwide.

Many of the instruments have multiple functions, equipped to thoroughly investigate all the important elements that the Saturn system may reveal.

 

Cassini Instruments

Instrument

Principal Investigator

CAPS

Cassini Plasma Spectrometer

David T. Young
Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, USA

CDA

Cosmic Dust Analyzer

Ralf Srama
Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg, Germany

CIRS

Composite Infrared Spectrometer

Michael Flasar
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA

INMS

Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer

J. Hunter Waite
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

ISS

Imaging Science Subsystem

Carolyn C. Porco
Space Science Institute, Boulder, CO, USA

MAG

Dual Technique Magnetometer

David J. Southwood
Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, UK

MIMI

Magnetospheric Imaging Instrument

Stamatios M. Krimigis
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

RADAR

Cassini Radar

Charles Elachi
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA

RPWS

Radio and Plasma Wave Science

Donald A. Gurnett
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

RSS

Radio Science Subsystem

Arvydas J. Kliore
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA

UVIS

Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph

Larry Esposito
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA

VIMS

Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer

Robert H. Brown
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

 


Last Update: 25 February 2005

For further information please contact: SciTech.editorial@esa.int

Related Articles

Related Links