Mission to Saturn and Titan: (Huygens
is pronounced "HOY-ginz") This spacecraft is on its way
This is a full-sized model of the Cassini
Spacecraft. It consists of the Cassini
orbiter and the Huygens probe.
orbiter will orbit Saturn, and the Huygens
probe will land on Saturn's largest moon,
During the JPL Open House, this full-sized
Cassini model was on display in High Bay 2 - the largest clean room
at JPL! View
more Photos of Cassini
This is a scaled-model of the Cassini spacecraft on display in the
von Kármán Visitors' Center.
The Cassini orbiter is named after Italian astronomer Jean
Dominique Cassini. He observed Saturn
and noticed there was a space or gap between the rings of Saturn.
This 4,700 kilometer gap between the two main rings is called the
This is a scaled-model of the Huygens probe
on display in High Bay 2. It is named after Dutch astronomer Christiaan
Huygens. He observed Saturn and discovered
its largest moon, Titan.
to get a better understanding of Saturn, its rings, its magnetosphere
(a vast bubble of charged particles surrounding the planet), its
principal moon (Titan), and its other moons or "icy satellites."
about the Cassini-Huygens Mission and
the Huygens Mission to Titan.
October 15, 1997,
from Cape Canaveral Air Station,
Florida, aboard the Titan IV-B/Centaur launch vehicle. Read
about the launch
photos of the launch.
with Saturn: July
1, 2004, Cassini will encounter Saturn after traveling 2 billion
miles for over 6 years. View
present position, Cassini
Interplanetary Trafectory, Saturn
Arrival and Initial Orbit, and
- Saturn Orbital Sample Tour.
is the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest planet in
our solar system. Only Jupiter is larger. View
photos of Saturn.
Rings: Saturn is probably best known for its amazing
rings. It has thousands of rings which are made up of trillions
of particles and icebergs. View
photos of Saturn's Rings.
Moons: Saturn has 18 known moons, and its largest moon
is Titan. View images of Titan,
Large Moons, and Saturn's
Millennium Flyby: In December, 2000, both the Cassini
and Galileo spacecrafts observed Jupiter during the Jupiter
Millennium Flyby. It is unusual to have
two spacecrafts on separate missions observing the same planet (other
than the Earth), at the same time, from a close range. View
photos of the Jupiter Flyby.
Home Page: Cassini-Huygens:
Mission to Saturn and Titan
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