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On 9 October 2008 the Cassini spacecraft will perform the closest fly-by of Enceladus to date, diving deeper through the moon's south polar plume than ever before. Closest approach is at a mere 25 km from the surface with Cassini passing the Saturnian moon at a relative speed of 17.7 km/s.
Published: 7 October 2008
Monday, 11 August 2008, Cassini will visit Enceladus to obtain the highest resolution images to date of the moon's enigmatic south polar region with its tiger stripes. Closest approach occurs at 21:06:19 UTC at an altitude of just 54 kilometres. This is Cassini's fifth close fly-by of Enceladus and the trajectory - taking it over both the...
Published: 8 August 2008
Observations with the VIMS instrument on Cassini have identified the presence of liquid ethane in one of the large lake-like features observed on Saturn's moon, Titan.
Published: 31 July 2008
Just over two months after its last visit, the Cassini spacecraft once again approaches Titan for the mission's forty-sixth targeted encounter with the large Saturnian moon. This is the first Titan encounter in Cassini's Equinox Mission. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Thursday, 31 July, at 02:13:11 UT at an altitude of 1613 kilometres...
Published: 30 July 2008
June 30 marked the end of the four-year primary mission for the Cassini spacecraft and the start of the extended mission. The two-year extension, called the Cassini Equinox Mission, prolongs the spacecraft's exploration of the Saturn system including the planet's rings and moons.
Published: 30 June 2008
On Wednesday 28 May Cassini performs its last Titan flyby of the nominal 4-year mission (ending this summer, when the 2-year extended mission will start). Cassini will pass Titan at 1400 km and perform not only detailed observations of Saturn's largest moon, but also of Saturn's main rings (A,B & C) using the CIRS instrument to measure...
Published: 27 May 2008
On Monday 12 May, Cassini performs its fourty-fourth targeted flyby of Titan and will pass the moon's surface at an altitude of 1000 km as it flies over Titan's northern hemisphere at 6.3 km per second. It is the next to last Titan flyby of the prime mission, with the extended mission starting in July.
Published: 9 May 2008
Published: 15 April 2008
Published: 27 March 2008
Based on Cassini radar observations of Titan's surface the moon's spin rate is now confirmed to be both non-synchronous and changing, providing evidence for the existence of a subsurface ocean
Published: 25 March 2008
Published: 25 March 2008
On 12 March Cassini performs its closest flyby ever of any Saturnian moon as it passes Enceladus at a mere 52 km. The trajectory takes Cassini through the edge of the icy moon's unique plume allowing in-situ observations
Published: 12 March 2008
Published: 2 January 2008
Published: 17 December 2007
Sixteen days after its last flyby Cassini returns to Titan for its thirty-ninth targeted encounter: T38. The closest approach occurs on Wednesday, 5 December, at 00:06:50 UT at an altitude of 1300 kilometres and at a speed of 6.3 kilometres per second. The encounter occurs on orbit number 53 and is the third in a series of seven southern...
Published: 3 December 2007
Monday 19 November Cassini returns to Titan for its next flyby of the Saturnian Moon. One of the main science goals this time around is the study of Titan's atmosphere, taking advantage of the flyby geometry with the Sun behind Saturn as seen from Cassini
Published: 16 November 2007
Tuesday 2 October, Cassini revisited Titan for its thirty-seventh targeted encounter, passing at an altitude of 975 kilometres above the moon's surface. This was the first in a series of seven Titan southern hemisphere encounters.
Published: 1 October 2007
Friday, 31 August, Cassini performed its latest flyby of Titan. At closest approach the spacecraft came to within 3330 kilometres above the moon's surface. Observations of Titan were carried out starting ~9 hours before closest approach untill ~21 hours after closest approach.
Published: 28 August 2007
On Thursday, 19 July, Cassini performed its latest close flyby of Titan, Titan-34. At closest approach, Cassini was 1332 km above the moon's surface. The flyby geometry was very favourable for determining the surface properties with bistatic radio observations.
Published: 16 July 2007
Friday 29 June, Cassini performed its latest Titan flyby, coming to within 1932 km of the moon's surface. Some of the observations were set up to search for possible subsurface oceans.
Published: 27 June 2007
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