Cassini flyby animations

On the 12th March 2008 the spacecraft Cassini made a close flyby of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The manoeuvre was relatively risky with the probe getting as close as 50 km from the moon’s surface. It was expected to possibly pass through the plumes of material extending from its southern geysers. Below is a video compilation of raw images that Cassini took during the flyby:

Cassini performed a similar flyby of Iapetus in September of last year, in order to better view and gain understanding of it’s varied geological features:

You can view more images from the Cassini mission here.

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Posted on 16 March, 2008, in Astronomy News, Space exploration. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Cassini flyby animations.

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