Cassini-Huygens will fly by its first target in the Saturnian system, the outer moon Phoebe, on Friday, June 11, 2004. Up-to-date information about this first encounter and mission milestones to come is now available on The Planetary Society's new Cassini-Huygens web resource at www.planetary.org/saturn.
The Planetary Society designed the site as a user-friendly tool for the public to follow the exciting adventure of Cassini-Huygens throughout its mission.
The website offers not only a comprehensive overview of the planned Phoebe encounter, but also exclusive detailed chronological charts of all upcoming encounters with Saturn and its moons over the course of the four-year Cassini-Huygens mission. For example, if you wonder where the spacecraft will be in three years time, check out the mission tour page. The answer? On June 13, 2007, during Revolution 46, Cassini will make its 32nd close flyby of Titan at an altitude of 950 kilometers.
"Humankind is about to embark on an amazing tour of discovery in the Saturnian system," said Planetary Society Director of Projects Bruce Betts. "The Planetary Society has created an extensive web resource to ensure that the public can follow along and participate in this amazing adventure."
When Cassini-Huygens passes within 2,000 kilometers of Phoebe, the spacecraft will capture images of the moon that will have 1270 times better resolution than Voyager 2 achieved in 1981 -- the only other spacecraft to encounter the small satellite. Read the Society's web article about the upcoming encounter.
The Planetary Society invites the media to provide links to our Cassini-Huygens web resource so that the public can follow the mission through its many encounters. Planetary Society staff and officers are also available for interviews about the mission.
About The Planetary Society
The Planetary Society has inspired millions of people to explore other worlds and seek other life. With the mission to empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration, its international membership makes the non-governmental Planetary Society the largest space interest group in the world. Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society in 1980. Bill Nye, a longtime member of The Planetary Society's Board, serves as CEO.