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Sounds of Cassini

Sounds of Cassini

Apr. 24, 2006


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(Source: Cassini Project)

The following is a list of some of the sounds that Cassini has encountered, created or inspired during the course of the mission.

Titan Descent
Inspired by the Cassini-Huygens Mission last year, James Durham composed this song featuring excerpts from the press conference just following the Huygens probe's successful landing in January 2005.
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/video/videodetails/?videoID=112

Lightning Sounds From Saturn
This audio clip was created from radio signals received by the radio and plasma wave science instrument on the Cassini spacecraft.
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/video/videodetails/?videoID=111

Sounds of Enceladus
Cassini's magnetometer instrument detected an atmosphere around Enceladus during the Feb. 17, 2005, flyby and again during a March 9, 2005, flyby. This audio file is based on the data collected from that instrument.
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/video/videodetails/?videoID=86

Radar Echoes From Titan's Surface
This recording was produced by converting into audible sounds some of the radar echoes received by Huygens during the last few kilometres of its descent onto Titan.
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/video/videodetails/?videoID=81

Speeding Through Titan's Haze
This recording is a laboratory reconstruction of the sounds heard by Huygens' microphones.
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/video/videodetails/?videoID=80

Scientists Find That Saturn's Rotation Period Is a Puzzle
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/newsreleases/newsrelease20040628/

The radio sounds of Saturn's rotation, which are also the first sounds from Saturn studied by Cassini, are like a heartbeat and can be heard by visiting
http://www-pw.physics.uiowa.edu/space-audio
and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/saturn/audio/sat-rot-wav.wav

"Sounds" of Outer Space Near Jupiter Now Online
December 15, 2000
NASA's Cassini spacecraft, approaching Jupiter, is detecting waves in the thin gas of charged particles that fills the space between the Sun and its planets.
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/newsreleases/newsrelease20001215/

Bizarre New Sounds of Jupiter From NASA
December 30, 2000
NASA's Cassini spacecraft, as it approached Jupiter, detected waves in the thin gas of charged particles that fills the space between the Sun and its planets. The waves are in low radio frequencies, which have been converted to sound waves to make the patterns audible.
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/newsreleases/newsrelease200012302/

Cassini Spacecraft Captures Sounds of Solar Storm
November 3, 2003
University of Iowa Professor and Space Physicist Dr. Don Gurnett used NASA's Cassini spacecraft to record the sound of one of the largest solar flares seen in decades, as it moved outward from the Sun.
The sound can be heard online at: http://www-pw.physics.uiowa.edu/space-audio/.

RingWorld Podcast:
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/video/videodetails/?videoID=114

More sound files from the Radio and Plasma Wave Science investigation team including:

  • The Sounds of Lightning at Saturn -- Audio/Animation
  • Eerie Sounds and Bizarre Features of Saturn's Radio Emissions -- Audio/Animation
  • Ring Plane Crossing -- Audio
  • Cassini Encounters Saturn's Bow Shock -- Audio/Animation
  • Radio Rotation of Saturn from Cassini RPWS Measurements -- Audio/Animation
The sounds can be heard online at:
http://www-pw.physics.uiowa.edu/plasma-wave/cassini/home.html