Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cassini mission summary in one chart.

I keep finding really cool stuff on Emily Lakdawalla's blog on The Planetary Society web page. She has all the good sources of space stuff. I'm working on getting more good sources all the time. Anyway, she just posted this really fancy chart showing the past, current (we are in the "Equinox" stage of the mission right now), and future extended mission of the Cassini orbiter. Looks like plenty of good moon passes coming up and then "Proximal Orbits" whatever that means.
Maybe that is where Cassni does some ring or cloud barnstorming before they crash it into Saturn? I'll have to look further into what that is. (As usual, click the image to see full size)

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