The Cassini-Huygens Visit to Saturn

The Cassini-Huygens Visit to Saturn

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Cassini-Huygens was the most ambitious and successful space journey ever launched to the outer Solar System. This book examines all aspects of the journey: its conception and planning; the lengthy political processes needed to make it a reality; the engineering and development required to build the spacecraft; its 2.2-billion mile journey from Earth to the Ringed Planet and the amazing discoveries from the mission. The author traces how the visions of a few brilliant scientists matured, gained popularity and eventually became a reality. Innovative technical leaps were necessary to assemble such a multifaceted spacecraft and reliably operate it while it orbited a planet so far from our own. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft design evolved from other deep space efforts, most notably the Galileo mission to Jupiter, enabling the voluminous, paradigm-shifting scientific data collected by the spacecraft. Some of these discoveries are absolute gems. A small satellite that scientists once thought of as a dead piece of rock turned out to contain a warm underground sea that could conceivably harbor life. And we now know that hiding under the mist of Saturna€™s largest moon, Titan, is a world with lakes, fluvial channels, and dunes hauntingly reminiscent of those on our own planet, except that on Titan, ita€™s not water that fills those lakes but hydrocarbons. These and other breakthroughs illustrate why the Cassini-Huygens mission will be remembered as one of greatest voyages of discovery ever made.C. Collet, Huygens User Manual Description, Issue 04, Rev. B, Aerospatiale document no. HUY.AS/c.100.OP.0201 (15 Sep. 1997); H. Hassan and J.C. Jones, a€œThe Huygens Probea€; Piazza, a€œSpacecraft: Huygens Probe Engineeringanbsp;...

Title:The Cassini-Huygens Visit to Saturn
Author:Michael Meltzer
Publisher:Springer - 2015-01-02


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