Cassini to dive once more into Titan’s grasp

The Saturn system probe Cassini is to once more pass within the atmosphere of Titan, the largest moon of the ringed planet. Last month it passed about as close as it could to the body, 880km, this time it will be a bit further out, 1,005km, but nevertheless, close enough to get quite a bit of data. It will not be this low again until a flyby in May 2012. The radar will be mapping an area not as well covered by recent flybys as others, the ion and neutral spectrometer will be tasting the atmosphere to determine its composition and the magnetic instruments will be looking at the interaction between Titan and the magnetosphere of Saturn. This 72nd Titan flyby is known as T71 and is expected to commence within an hour of this post.

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