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Saturn orbit

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When Cassini reaches the vicinity of Saturn, a long burn of its engines will slow it for capture by the planet's gravitational field into an elliptical orbit. At the extreme point of this initial orbit, the periapsis raise manoeuvre will direct it to pass close to Titan, allowing the Huygens Probe to be released for descent into Titan's atmosphere. The Orbiter's deflection burn will position it to receive the Probe's transmissions, before moving on to spend four years touring the Saturnian system, studying the planet, its rings and moons in unprecendented detail. (The scal unit Rs is the radius of Saturn: 60000 km.)
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