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Cassini space probe studies Saturn’s moon Titan up close: what’s hiding under the cloudy murk?
Today, at 18:44 CET, the US/European space probe Cassini will come closer than we have ever been to Saturn’s largest moon Titan. The NASA/ESA spacecraft will fly over Titan’s dense, cloudy atmosphere at a speed of over 6 kilometres per second and at a height of just 1200 kilometres to perform a wide range of scientific experiments. Scientists are particularly interested in the pictures that will be taken by the spectrometer for visible light and near infrared (the Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer or VIMS). This instrument is able to see through Titan’s atmosphere, so dense it is impenetrable to the human eye, and give us a glimpse of the moon’s mysterious surface. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is directly involved in evaluating the data from the spectrometer.
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Created: 26/10/2004 14:40:00
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