Exploring the Ringed Planet

Cassini at Saturn
  • David Harland
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


THE CASSINI-HUYGENS mission to Saturn was developed by the American space agency NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI). At 5.7 tonnes, the two-part spacecraft is the largest, most sophisticated deep space probe to-date. It was launched on 15 October 1997 and flew an interplanetary cruise that used gravitational ‘slingshots’ with Venus, Earth and Jupiter order to reach Saturn. The highlights of the early part of its mission in the Saturnian system were close observations of the satellites Phoebe, Titan, Iapetus, Hyperion and Enceladus but the craft, which is performing flawlessly, has also undertaken long-term investigations of the ring system and the planet’s atmosphere and magnetosphere.


Space Probe Early Part Ring System European Space Agency Aerospace Technology 
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Further reading

  1. David M Harland: Mission to Saturn-Cassini and the Huygens probe. Springer-Praxis, 2002.Google Scholar

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