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No. 6 - Successful Phoebe Flyby

No. 6 - Successful Phoebe Flyby

The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft has passed another milestone on its way to Saturn. On 11 June the spacecraft passed within 2068 kilometres of the surface of the moon Phoebe, while travelling at a speed of 20 900 kilometres per hour (relative to Saturn). During the flyby 11 instruments on the spacecraft were targeted at the tiny moon. Initial indications are that the performance was as expected and a large volume of data acquired. Scientists plan to use the data to create global maps of the cratered moon, and to determine Phoebe's composition, mass and density.
Timeline of future events
16 June Trajectory correction manoeuvre
1 July Saturn Orbit Insertion manoeuvre
26 October 1st Titan encounter
13 December 2nd Titan encounter
25 December Titan probe release
Last Update: 1 September 2019
24-Jul-2024 18:05 UT

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