Cassini-Huygens Saturn tour: The grand finale.


Village Elder
Launched in 1997 aboard titan IV centaur and entered orbit around saturn after an interplanetary voyage that included flyby's of Venus Earth and Jupiter. On December 25, 2004, Huygens separated from the orbiter, and it landed on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005 and it successfully returned data to Earth, using the orbiter as a relay. This was the first
landing ever accomplished in the outer Solar System .It was a joint venture between NASA,ESA and Italian space agency. The orbiter was built by NASA and the lander was by ESA.
0906cassinisaturn02.jpeg Cassini spacecraft carrying the Huygens (The lage disk on the left side)
Here are some of the images from the spacecraft.
cassinititansaturn.jpg Saturn poses with its largest moon Titan
7314_PIA18366_320w.jpg Enceladus
0906cassinisaturn13.jpg Geysers from the south pole of enceladus.
0906cassinisaturn12.png Titans surface . The image was taken by Huygens lander. 690_wide.jpg Earth as seen from saturn.
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Its prime mission was 4 years but it was extended twice . The mission will end on 15 september as it will dive into Saturn atmosphere and burn up.

Tom Bayeye

Village Chief
how do they send commands to the spacecraft millions of miles away in outer space?
A dedicated frequency X-band is used at 8.4-8.5GHz, which is set aside globally for deep space communications to avoid interference from terrestrial sources because the signals coming back to Earth are so weak FM radio is about 88 to 108 MHz. The Deep Space Network consists of a network of huge satellite dishes spread across three continents 120 degrees in longitude apart to give wide coverage of the skies, so before a spacecraft is lost by one antenna, another one can pick it up.courtesy of PC world

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