Cassini-Huygens

NASA missions

About

Cassini was designed to explore the Saturnian System.

Cassini is a joint US-Europe to explore Saturn and it's moons.

A key point in the mission occurred in 2005 when NASA's orbiter Cassini released Europe's probe into the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.

Discovery

Feb. 19 2008

Despite the incredible diversity of Saturn's icy moons, there is a story of great interaction. Some of them are pock-marked, some seemingly dirty, others pristine, one spongy, one two-faced, some still spewing with activity and some seeming to be captured from the far reaches of the solar system. Yet many of them have a common thread - black "stuff" coating their surfaces.

Another Discovery

July 19, 2007

Scientists have recently discovered that the planet Saturn is turning 60 -- not years, but moons.

The newly discovered moon first appeared as a very faint dot in a series of images Cassini took of the Saturnian ring system on May 30 of this year.

Technology Used

These were the instruments used on the system.

1.Composite infrared spectrometer.

2.Visual and infrared mapping spectrometer.

3.Magnetospheric imaging instrument and 4.Ion and neutral mass spectrometer.

Contribution Made

The spacecraft has spent years circling Saturn and it's moons, beaming back pictures and data to teach scientists on Earth more about how the system was formed.
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