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Mission Descriptions

 
Titan T-91 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2013-143T17:32:55
May 23, 2013
Altitude: 969.8 km (~603 miles)
Speed: 5.9 km/sec (~13,000 mph)
Closest Approach latitude: 46.2° N

The RADAR observations just prior to closest approach are labelled as SAR, but some of time will be used to perform altimetry over Ligeia Mare, the only altimetry over a lake in the XXM.



Titan T-91 Quicklook

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Titan T-90 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2013-095T21:43:31
April 5, 2013
Altitude: 1400 km (~870 miles)
Speed: 5.8 km/sec (~13,000 mph)
Closest Approach latitude: 16.8° S

The highest resolution images of the T-90 flyby will be of the western part of Xanadu, including Tui Regio.



Titan T-90 Quicklook

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Titan T-89 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2013-048T01:56:35
Feb.16, 2013
Altitude: 1978 km (~1229 miles)
Speed: 5.8 km/sec (~13,000 mph)
Closest Approach latitude: 20.7°

T-89 is one of four RSS gravity flybys in the Solstice Mission.



Titan T-89 Quicklook

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Titan T-85 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2012-206T20:03:07
July 24, 2012
Altitude: 1,012 km (~629 miles)
Speed: 5.9 km/sec (~13,000 mph)

VIMS will look for specular reflection on Kivu Lacus, one of the Northern small lakes.



Titan T-85 Quicklook

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Titan T-84 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2012-159T00:07:21
June 7, 2012
Altitude: 959 km (~596 miles)
Speed: 5.9 km/sec (~13,000 mph)

RADAR will acquire SAR of the sparsely covered Northwest quadrant (plus global shape from SAR topo), altimetry on Adiri, and HiSAR on equatorial regions.



Titan T-84 Quicklook

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Titan T-83 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2012-143T01:10:11
May 22, 2012 (SCET)
Altitude: 955 km (~593 miles)
Speed: 5.9km/sec (~13,000 mph)

RADAR uses SAR to detect changes in small lakes seen on the T-16 and T-19 flybys.


Titan T-83 Quicklook

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Titan T-82 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2012-050T08:43:17
February 19, 2012
Altitude: 3,803 km (~2,362 miles)
Speed: 5.8 km/sec (~13,000 mph)

CIRS performs a wide variety of observations, including limb sounding, and mapping of surface and atmospheric temperatures.


Titan T-82 Quicklook

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Titan T-81 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2012-030T13:39:48
Jan. 30, 2012
Altitude: 31,131 km (~50,100 miles)
Speed: 5.4 km/sec (~12,000 mph)

On this high-altitude encounter, ISS will perform high-resolution observations around closest approach along Titan’s leading hemisphere at high southern latitudes, including a late view of Ontario Lacus before the Sun sets for southern winter.


Titan T-81 Quicklook

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Titan T-80 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2012-002T15:13:38
Jan. 2, 2012
Altitude: 29,415 km (~47,339 miles)
Speed: 5.5 km/sec (~12,000 mph)

On this high-altitude encounter, ISS will perform high-resolution observations around closest-approach along the antisaturnian and trailing hemispheres at mid- to high southern latitudes.


Titan T-80 Quick Look

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Titan T-78 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2011-255T02:50:05
Sept. 12, 2011
Altitude: 5,821 km (~3,617 miles)
Speed: 5.8 km/sec (~13,000 mph)

During this flyby, UVIS has a solar occultation and VIMS has a stellar occultation of R-Aqr, which allow us to constrain the composition and the spectral properties of Titan’s atmosphere.


Titan T-78 Quick-Look

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Titan T-77 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2011-171T18:32:01
June 20, 2011
Altitude: 1,359 km (~844 miles)
Speed: 5.6 km/sec (~13,000 mph)

During this flyby, RADAR is prime at closest approach and will conduct long altimetry over Shangri-La/Xanadu boundary for global shape and Xanadu characterization.


Titan T-77 Quick-Look

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Titan T-76 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2011-128T22:53:45
May 8, 2011
Altitude: 1,873 km (~1,164 miles)
Speed: 5.9 km/sec (~13,000 mph)

During this flyby, VIMS is prime at closest approach and will acquire high resolution images of Belet and its limits with the surrounding dune fields.


Titan T-76 Quick-Look

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Titan T-75 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2011-109T05:00:39
April 19, 2011 (spacecraft event time)
Altitude: 10,053 km (~6,247 miles)
Speed: 5.6 km/sec (~13,000 mph)

For parts of this flyby, the spacecraft pointing is optimized for CAPS by keeping the expected plasma flow direction within the instrument’s field of view. This allows Cassini scientists to accurately measure plasma parameters such as ion density and flow speed.


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Titan T-74 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2011-049T16:04:11
February 18, 2011 (spacecraft event time)
Altitude: 3,651 km (~2,269 miles)
Speed: 5.8 km/sec (~13,000 mph)

CAPS will observe Titan’s plasma interaction over 24 hours as it goes from south to north of Saturn’s solar-wind-warped magnetodisk from one solstice to the next.


Titan T74 Quick-Look cover

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Enceladus E-13 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2010-355T01:08:26
December 21, 2010 (spacecraft event time)
Altitude: 48 km (29.8 miles)
Speed: 6.2 km/sec (~14,000 mph)

The focus of this approximately 48-kilometer (30-mile) altitude, northern hemisphere flyby is the study of Enceladus’s environment. This northern hemisphere pass (E-13) will provide important comparative measurements to the south polar data.


E-13 Quick-Look

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Enceladus E-12 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2010-334T11:53:59
Nov. 30, 2010
Altitude: 47.9 km (29.8 miles)
Speed: 6.3 km/sec (~14,000 mph)

The focus of this ~50 kilometer altitude, northern hemisphere flyby is the study of Enceladus’s gravity and interior. The Cassini radio science subsystem (RSS) will measure the strength of the Enceladus gravity field as the Cassini spacecraft flies by.


Enceladus 12 Quick-Look

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Titan T72 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2010-267T18:38:41
Sept. 24, 2010
Altitude: 8,175 km (~5,080 miles)
Speed: 5.7 km/sec (~12,800 mph)

CIRS performs medium-range and close limb sounding of Titan’s stratosphere to probe the vertical structure near 60 degrees N. This is part of our campaign to monitor seasonal change during the early northern summer, as we expect to observe the break-up of the northern winter polar vortex and dissipation of the interior region of enhanced gas tracer species.


Titan T72 Flyby Quick-Look Facts

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Enceladus E11 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2010-225T22:29:42.33
Aug. 13, 2010
Altitude: 2,502 km (1,555 miles)
Speed: 6.8 km/sec (~15,000 mph)

CIRS will have prime pointing during closest-approach. The observations will map the thermal radiation from the tiger stripes, continuing coverage from previous flybys and taking advantage of the excellent viewing geometry of this flyby.


Enceladus 11 Quick-Look

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Titan T71 Flyby Quick-Look Facts


Closest Approach at 2010-188T00:22:45
July 7, 2010
Altitude: 1,010 km (~630 miles)
Speed: 5.9 km/sec (~13,000 mph)
Closest Approach latitude: 56.1° S

This is the debut of the "Quick-Look" format to describe the latest Titan flyby.


Titan T71 Flyby Quick-Look Fact

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Titan-T70 Mission Description


After a 16 day interval since last visiting Titan, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s seventy-first targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Sunday, June 20 at 172T01:27:43 spacecraft time at an altitude of 880 kilometers (~547 miles) above the surface and at a speed of 5.9 kilometers per second (~13,200 mph).


T-70 mission description

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Titan-T69 Mission Description


After a 16 day interval since last visiting Titan, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s seventieth targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Friday, June 5 at 156T02:26:27 spacecraft time at an altitude of 2,044 kilometers (~1,270 miles) above the surface and at a speed of 5.8 kilometers per second (~13,025 mph).

T-69 mission description

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Titan-T68 Mission Description


After a 45 day interval since last visiting Titan, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s sixty-ninth targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Thursday, May 20 at 140T03:24:20 spacecraft time at an altitude of 1,400 kilometers (~870 miles) above the surface and at a speed of 5.9 kilometers per second (~13,250 mph).

T-68 Mission Description

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Enceladus E10 Encounter (Rev 131)


Cassini will approach Enceladus on the moon’s dark side and depart on the sunlit side providing optimal views of the plume and surface under different lighting conditions by optical remote sensing instruments.

Enceladus E10 Quick-Look Fack Sheet

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Enceladus E9 Encounter (Rev 130)


This close flyby of Enceladus offers the first measurement of the moon’s gravity field in the warm, plume-spewing south polar region. Gravity measurements should reveal much about what lies beneath. There are broad hints that the area is underlain by a diapir, an intrusion of less-dense material, perhaps water.

Enceladus E9 Quick-Look Fact Sheet

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Dione D2 Encounter (Rev129)


Could Dione have a secret plume that contributes to the E ring? This flyby focuses on a hunt for activity or a very thin atmosphere that could explain previous hints that Dione exhibits geologic activity.

Dione D2 Encounter (Rev129)

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Titan-T67 Mission Description


After a lengthy 65 days since last visiting Titan, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s sixty-eighth targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Monday, April 5 at 095T15:50:38 spacecraft time at an altitude of 7,461 kilometers (~4,636 miles) above the surface and at a speed of 5.7 kilometers per second (~12,800 mph).

T-67 Mission Description

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Titan-T66 Mission Description


Sixteen days after last visiting Titan, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s sixty-seventh targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Thursday, January 28 at 028T22:28:49 spacecraft time at an altitude of 7,490 kilometers (~4,654 miles) above the surface and at a speed of 5.9 kilometers per second (~12,800 mph).

T-66 Mission Description

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Titan-T65 Mission Description


Sixteen days after last flying by Titan, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s sixty-sixth targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Monday, January 12 at 012T23:10:36 spacecraft time at an altitude of 1,073 kilometers (~667 miles) above the surface and at a speed of 5.9 kilometers per second (~13,200 mph).

T-65 Mission Description

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Titan-T64 Mission Description


Sixteen days after the previous Titan visit, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s sixty-fifth targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Monday, December 28 at 362T00:16:59 spacecraft time at an altitude of 955 kilometers (~593 miles) above the surface and at a speed of 6.0 kilometers per second (~13,400 mph).

T-64 Mission Description

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Titan-T63 Mission Description


After sixty-one days without a Titan flyby, Cassini at last returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s sixty-third targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Friday, December 11,2009, at an altitude of 4,850 kilometers (about 3,014 miles) above the surface.

T-63 Mission Description Cover

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Enceladus-120EN+121EN (E-7 and E-8) Mission Description


The Cassini spacecraft will visit Enceladus twice during the month of November 2009. On both flybys, Cassini will approach the moon, whose enigmatic south-polar water vapor and particle plume was discovered in 2005, on relatively slow, low-inclination trajectories with closest-approaches over the southern hemisphere.

On Nov. 2, 2009, Cassini will make its deepest plume passage yet, flying 102.7 kilometers (63.8 miles) from the surface above 89 degrees S latitude.

Just under three weeks later, on Nov. 21, Cassini will again fly by Enceladus, this time with a very different geometry, approaching within 1,606 kilometers (997.9 miles) of the surface.


20091102-21_enceladus_mission_description.pdf

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Titan-T62 Mission Description


After forty-eight Titanless days, Cassini finally returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s sixty-second targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Monday, Oct. 12, 2009.

T-62 Mission Description Cover

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Titan-T61 Mission Description


Barely less than sixteen days since its previous visit, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s sixty-first targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009

T-61 Mission Description Cover

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Titan-T60 Mission Description


Barely less than sixteen days since its previous visit, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s sixty-first targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009

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Titan-T59 Mission Description


One fortnight and two days (16 days total) since its previous visit, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s sixtieth targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Friday, July 24, 2009

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Titan-T58 Mission Description


Barely less than 16 days since its previous visit, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s fifty-ninth targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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Titan-T57 Mission Description


Just under 16 days since its previous visit, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s fifty-eighth targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Monday, June 22, 2009.

T57 Mission Description

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Titan-T56 Mission Description


Just less than 16 days since its previous visit, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s fifty-seventh targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Saturday, June 6, 2009.

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Titan-T55 Mission Description


Barely less than 16 days since its previous visit, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s fifty-sixth targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Thursday, May 21, 2009.

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Titan-T54 Mission Description


Just under 16 days since its previous visit, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s fifty-fifth targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Tuesday, May 5, 2009.

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Titan-T53 Mission Description


A mere 16 days after its previous visit, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s fifty-fourth targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Monday, April 20, 2009.

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Titan-T52 Mission Description


Just 8 days after its previous visit, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s fifty-third targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Friday, April 3, 2009.

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Titan-T51 Mission Description


Following 48 days since its previous visit, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s fifty-second targeted encounter with Titan. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Friday, March 27, 2009.

20090327_titan_mission_description_update2.pdf

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Titan-T50 Mission Description


After a 48 day hiatus since its previous flyby, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s fifty-first targeted encounter with Titan. Closest approach occurs Feb. 7, 2009.

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Titan-T49 Mission Description


With only sixteen days having passed since its previous flyby, Cassini returns to Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s fiftieth targeted encounter with Titan. Closest approach occurs Dec. 21, 2008.

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Titan-T48 Mission Description


A mere sixteen days after its previous flyby, Cassini once again approaches Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s forty-ninth targeted encounter with Titan.A mere sixteen days after its previous flyby, Cassini once again approaches Saturn’s largest moon for the mission’s forty-ninth targeted encounter with Titan. Closest approach occurs Dec. 5, 2008.

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Titan-T47 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Nov. 19, 2008.

Titan-T47 Mission Description

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Titan-T46 Mission Description


After a 95-day hiatus since its previous visit, Cassini once again approaches Saturn's largest moon for the mission's forty-seventh targeted encounter with Titan.

Titan-T46 Mission Description

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Enceladus Mission Description


This document describes the fly-bys scheduled for both Oct. 9 and Oct. 31, 2008.

Enceladus Mission Description

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Enceladus Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Aug. 11, 2008.

Enceladus Mission Description - Aug 11, 2008

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Titan-T45 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for July 31, 2008.

Titan-T45 Mission Description

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Titan-T44 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for May 28, 2008.

Titan-T44 Mission Description

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Titan-T43 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for May 12, 2008.

Titan-T43 Mission Description

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Titan-T42 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Mar. 25, 2008.

Titan-T42 Mission Description

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Enceladus Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Mar. 12, 2008.

Enceladus Mission Description - Mar. 12, 2008

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Titan-T41 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Feb. 22, 2008.

Titan-T41 Mission Description

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Titan-T40 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Jan. 5, 2008.

Titan-T40 Mission Description

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Titan-T39 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Dec. 20, 2007.

Titan-T39 Mission Description

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Titan-T38 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Dec. 05, 2007.

Titan-T38 Mission Description

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Titan-T37 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Nov. 19, 2007.

Titan-T37 Mission Description

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Titan Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Oct. 2, 2007.

Titan-T36 Mission Description

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Iapetus Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Sept. 10, 2007.

Iapetus Mission Description - Sept. 10, 2007

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Titan-T35 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Aug. 31, 2007.

Titan-T35 Mission Description

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Titan-T34 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Jul. 19, 2007.

Titan-T34 Mission Description

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Titan-T33 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Jun. 29, 2007.

Titan-T33 Mission Description

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Titan-T32 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Jun. 13, 2007.

Titan-T32 Mission Description

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Titan-T31 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for May 28, 2007.

Titan-T31 Mission Description

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Titan-T30 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for May 12, 2007.

Titan-T30 Mission Description

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Titan-T29 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for April 26, 2008.

Titan-T29 Mission Description

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Titan-T28 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Apr. 10, 2007.

Titan-T28 Mission Description

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Titan-T27 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Mar. 26, 2007.

Titan-T27 Mission Description

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Titan-T26 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Mar. 10, 2007.

Titan-T26 Mission Description

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Titan-T25 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Feb. 22, 2007.

Titan-T25 Mission Description

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Titan-T24 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Jan. 29, 2007.

Titan-T24 Mission Description

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Titan-T23 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Jan. 13, 2007.

Titan-T23 Mission Description

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Titan-T22 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Dec. 28, 2006.

Titan-T22 Mission Description

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Titan-T21 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Dec. 12, 2006.

Titan-T21 Mission Description

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Titan-T20 Mission Description


This document describes the flyby scheduled for Oct. 25, 2006.

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