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High Inclination Sequence

High Inclination Sequence


Date: 01 June 2004
Satellite: Cassini
Depicts: Sixth segment of Cassini's tour of Saturn
Copyright: NASA

Date: 31 August 2007 through 1 July 2008
Orbit: 49 - 74 (end of nominal tour sequence)

Studying Saturn at steep angles (high inclinations) is of extreme interest to scientists. Viewing Saturn's polar regions provides opportunities for studying Saturn's rings and magnetosphere. The high inclination sequence also allows for radio (from Earth), solar, and stellar occultations of Saturn, Titan, and the ring system. Such studies allow scientists to understand the nature of the material in Saturn, Titan, and the rings.

This plot gives the polar view (top) and edge-on view (bottom). In the polar view the inner dashed circle represents the orbit of Titan and the outer dashed circle represents the orbit of Iapetus. The scales on the axes are in Saturn radii.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
23-Sep-2019 10:07 UT

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