Ar­rival of the Cassi­ni space­craft at Sat­urn

Ar­rival of the Cassi­ni space­craft at Sat­urn
Credit: NASA/JPL.

Arrival of the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn

On 30 June 2004 the Cassi­ni space­craft and its probe Huy­gens ar­rived at Sat­urn. The space­craft was turned about 180 de­grees so that its four-me­ter wide an­ten­na could shield the sen­si­tive on-board elec­tron­ics from par­ti­cles as the space­craft crossed Sat­urn's rings. One of its main en­gines was fired for about 90 min­utes to slow down the space­craft to be able to be cap­tured by Sat­urn's grav­i­ty and en­ter in­to or­bit.

On 30 June 2004 the Cassini spacecraft and its probe Huygens arrived at Saturn. The spacecraft was turned about 180 degrees so that its four-meter wide antenna could shield the sensitive on-board electronics from particles as the spacecraft crossed Saturn's rings. One of its main engines was fired for about 90 minutes to slow down the spacecraft to be able to be captured by Saturn's gravity and enter into orbit.

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