Dr. Allan Y. Lee

Jet Propulsion Laboratory



Cassini Mission to Saturn

 The Cassini spacecraft was launched on October 15, 1997 on a mission to Saturn. In July 2004, the spacecraft will achieve orbit about Saturn where it will use its remote-sensing instruments to study the Saturnian system for four years. In addition, it will deliver an atmospheric probe (called Huygens) into the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and relay the resulting data from the probe back to Earth. Major Science objectives of the Cassini mission include investigations of the configuration and dynamics of Saturn's Magnetosphere, the structure and composition of the rings, the characterization of several Saturn's icy moons, and others. This talk will provide an overview of the mission and the spacecraft.