Artist's concept of the T-70 flyby of Titan

June 21, 2010

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

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