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Titan Flyby (T-70) - June 21, 2010

Titan Flyby (T-70) - June 21, 2010

Jun. 21, 2010

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Incomplete Halo
  The Cassini spacecraft looks at the dark side of Saturn's largest moon. The narrowing circle of light surrounding Titan is produced by sunlight scattering through Titan's atmosphere.
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T-70: The Closest Flyby

Cassini flew to within a mere 880 kilometers (547 miles) of Titan's surface during the T-70 flyby, the lowest Titan flyby in the entire mission. The cloud-skimming altitude and orientation (closest approach was in the dayside ionosphere) made this the absolute top priority flyby for the magnetometer (MAG) team, which is searching for evidence of a possible Titanian magnetic field. The flyby ended on a high note as the ultra violet imaging spectrograph (UVIS) instrument captured a stellar occultation outbound from Titan.

Related Links:

Super Swooper: Cassini wraps up its lowest pass through Titan atmosphere -- June 21, 2010

Cassini to Swing Low Into Titan’s Atmosphere, JPL Blog -- June 17, 2010

Cassini Getting the Lowdown on Titan This Weekend -- June 17, 2010

Titan at a Glance
Titan Flyby
June 21, 2010 (SCET)

880 kilometers (547 miles)

5.9 km/sec (13,000 mph)

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