Monday, June 28, 2004

Saturn Roundup

Chet's newest musing on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn has been posted.

The Cassini probe begins its Saturn Orbit Insertion burn on July 1st -- a 96-minute firing of its main engine that will place Cassini in orbit around Saturn. This will be the first Earth spacecraft to make more than a passing visit to the Saturnian system.

One of the neat features of the Cassini website is the "Where is Cassini now?" page. I find the "overhead" image particularly striking. It gives you a hint of the majesty of Saturn and her many moons.

These images are generated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Solar System Simulator. This is a terrific web app that can accurately simulate the view of any solar system body from anywhere else at any time. Be sure to check out the samples page as well. Tucked away there is a terrific animation of Cassini's arrival at Saturn.