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A mission to Saturn and its discoveries

September 14, 2017

Excerpt from an OUPblog article, published on 14th September 2017, written by the University Press Scholarship Online marketing team.

Exploring the Planets: A Memoir


"With its beautiful rings, impressive size, and extensive number of moons, Saturn has always been fascinating. But, because it’s so far away (ten times farther from the Sun than we are) it wasn’t always a realistic target for observation and experimentation.

In October 1997 the Cassini–Huygens mission was launched. Cassini was the NASA-developed Saturn orbiter, and Huygens was the European-built probe that sat on-board, which would eventually descend on to the surface of Saturn’s biggest moon, Titan.

Cassini will come to an end on 15th September 2017, when it makes its final approach to Saturn, diving in to the atmosphere (sending data as it goes), and finally burning up and disintegrating like a meteor. To mark this occasion we have brought together a selection of the discoveries the mission has made over the years."

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