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Cassini-Huygens Key Events

  • Launch

    Launch
    Cassini-Huygens was launched at 4:43 am EDT from Space Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida
  • Venus Flyby #1

    Gravitational-assist flyby
  • Venus Flyby #2

    Gravitational-assist flyby
  • Earth & Moon Fyby

    Earth & Moon Fyby
    Occured at 03:28 UTC.
    Gravitational-assist flyby
  • Flyby of Asteroid 2685 Masurky

    Occured around 10:00 UTC
  • Jupiter Flyby

    Jupiter Flyby
  • Jupiter Flyby Anouncement

    Jupiter Flyby Anouncement
    Dark "belts" and light "zones"
  • Tests

    Cassini scientists announced the results of tests of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, conducted using radio waves. The test refined the accuracy to aproxamentally one in 50,000
  • New moon

    New moon
    Methone is discovered
  • New Moon Discovered

    New Moon Discovered
    Pallene is discovered
  • Pheobe Flyby #1

    Pheobe Flyby #1
    First detailed images of Pheobe
  • Rotation Calculated

    The Cassini scientists announced the new rotational period of Saturn which is no 6 minutes longer
  • Orbit

    Cassini becomes first spacecraft to orbit Saturn
  • Titan Flyby #1

    First detailed glimpses of moon
  • Huygens Probe is Released

    The probe starts its 21 days decent towards Titan
  • Iapetus Flyby #1

    End of first year
  • Huygens Probe Enters Titan Atmospher

    The European Space Agency's Huygens probe decended through Titan's atmosphere.
  • Titan Flyby #2

  • Encceladus Flyby #1

  • Enceladus Flyby #2

  • Titan Flyby #3

  • Enceladus Flyby #3

  • New moon

    Daphnis is discovered in the Keeler gap
  • Hyperion Flyby

    Only visit during primary mission
  • Dione Flyby

  • Rhea Flyby #1

  • Titan Flyby #4

    First Solar Occulation
  • Rhea Flyby #2

    Non-targeted
  • Titan Flyby #5

    Radio science flyby
  • Titan FLyby #6

    First Radio Science bistatic and occulation observation
  • Rhea Flyby #3

    Non-targeted
  • Titan Flyby #7

    Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph and RADAR observations
  • Titan Flyby #8

    Second Radio Science bistatic observation
  • Titan Flyby #9

    CIRS observation
  • Uh oh!

    Cassini gets rotated out of orbit in the ring plane by Titan
  • Enceladus Flyby #4

    Non-targeted
  • Methone Flyby

  • Sun behind Saturn

    Cassini saw the Sun as it passed behind Saturn and the rings.
  • Enceladus Flyby #5

    Non-targated south pole
  • Titan Flyby #11

    UVIS stellar occulation, INMS atmosphere sniffing, surface exploring RADAR
  • Titan Flyby #12

    Second of four coordinated radio science flyby
  • Titan Flyby #13

    RADAR Synthertic Aperture Radar Imager observations
  • Titan Flyby #22

    Rare flyby geometry enabled detailed sampling of Titan's atmosphere
  • Titan Flyby #14

    Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer records a stellar occulation of Gamma Cru as it passed behind Titan
  • Inclination Change

    Cassini reached an inclanation of almost 59 degrees
  • Titan Flyby #15

    RADAR image of surface
  • Strike a Pose

    Strike a Pose
    Imaging Science Subsystem color mosaic image of Saturn from top
  • Titan Flyby #16

    Low altitude flyby. Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer sniffed Titan's atmosphere to determine composition and thermal structure
  • Titan FLyby #17

    Radio Science Subsystem observed pole to pole eocculation
  • Titan Flyby #18

    RADAR continues to fill in surface gaps
  • Titan Flyby #19

    Titan Flyby #19
    A return to Aaru
  • Titan Flyby #20

    Titan Flyby #20
    Finishes tour of the Fensal/Aaru regions
  • Titan Flyby #21

    Repeate RSS occulation experiments
  • Passage Through Rings

    High-Gain Antenna is used as an umbrella to sheild Cassini as it passes through an area of increased ring particle concentration
  • Tethys Flyby

    Second of two flybys
  • Passage Through Ring

    High-Gain Antenna is used as an umbrella to sheild Cassini as it passes through an area of increased ring particle concentration
  • Titan Flyby #23

    Third of four coordinated Radio Science flybys
  • Titan Flyby #24

    RSS bistatic observations
  • Period: to

    Solar Conjunction

    RSS conducted experiment
  • Titan Flyby #25

    Higer resolution imaging of the surface in images of Huygens landing site
  • Iapetus Flyby

    Highresolution observations
  • Titan Flyby #26

    Cassini skimed the top of the moon's atmosphere aswell as RADAR SAR observation of the southern hemisphere
  • Titan Flyby #27

    INMS took samples of the moons upper atmosphere
  • Titan Flyby #28

    Last of four coordinated Radio Scienceflybys exploring theinterior of Titan looking for an internal ocean
  • Titan Flyby #29

    RADAR passed over the region called ON=ntario Lacus in the southern hemisphere
  • Titan Flyby #30

  • Titan Flyby #31

  • Enceladus Flyby #6

  • Titan Flyby #32

  • TitanFlyby #33

  • Titan Flyby #34

  • Period: to

    Inclination Change

  • End of Prime Mission

  • Period: to

    Cassini Equinox Mission

  • Titan Flyby #35

  • Enceladus Flyby #7

  • Enceladus Flyby #8

  • Enceladus Flyby #9

  • Titan Flyby #36

  • Titan FLyby #37

  • Titan Flyby #39

  • Titan Flyby #39

  • CELEBRATE!!!

    Cassini celebrates its 100th orbit periapsis
  • Titan Flyby #40

  • Titan Flyby #41

  • Titan Flyby #42

  • Titan Flyby #43

  • Titan Flyby #44

  • Titan Flyby #45

  • Titan Flyby #46

  • Titan Flyby #47

  • Titan Flyby #48

  • Titan Flyby #49

  • Titan Flyby #50

  • Equinox

    Equinox
    Saturn went through solar Equinox as the Sun crossed from the southern hemisphere to the north.
  • Titan Flyby #51

  • Titan Flyby #52

  • Enceladus Flyby #10

  • Enceladus Flyby #11

  • Titan Flyby #53

  • Titan Flyby #54

  • Farthest Distance From Saturn

    2,300,000 km
  • Short Engine Burn Number 231 To Stay On Course

  • Short Engine Burn Number 232 To Stay On Course

  • Passage Through Ring Plane

    South to North
  • Distan Flyby of Pandora

  • Distant Flyby of Methone

  • Closest Distance To Saturn

  • Distand Flyby Enceladus

  • Distant Flyby Calypso

  • Close Flyby Titan

  • Ring Passage

    North to South
  • Short Engine Burn Number 233 To Stay On Course

  • Farthest Distant From Saturn

    2,300,000 km
  • Short Engine Burn Number 234 To Stay On Course