Cassini dips its toe into Titan

The T70 flyby has passed off successfully, with Cassini passing within the layer of ionised atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon Titan to glimpse for signs of magnetism generated by the body itself.

There was a hairy moment as the main instrument set off an alarm saying it needed resetting, but this got done and once the probe sent back signals showing it had passed by 800km of Titan, ground controllers were able to rotate its instruments to do other jobs, showing nothing too bad had happened.

Data gathered will be analysed to determine whether or not Titan has an internal dynamo generating a magnetic field as well as various experiments pointed at atmospheric composition and density. Posts on the JPL Blog related to this event are here and here.


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