Feb 12

Titan Flyby: Back to the South

Source:Cassini Solstice Mission

Image credit: NASA/JPL

Tomorrow Cassini goes back to Titan to make the T-82 flyby close to Titan's south pole.

During this close Titan flyby, the composite infrared spectrometer (CIRS) performs a wide variety of observations, including limb sounding, and mapping of surface and atmospheric temperatures. Far-infrared limb sounding near closest approach reaches the most northerly latitude of the Solstice Mission. (75 degrees North) until 2015, providing insights into the transition of the northern polar circulation from spring to summer, and includes a search for possible condensates. The Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) rides-along to detect clouds to monitor climatic changes after the equinox.T-82 is a dusk sector equatorial flyby across Titan's magnetic tail. Similar in geometry, but at a lower altitude (2,363 miles, or 3,803 kilometers) than T-78, Cassini will be able to provide a better characterization of the magnetotail by providing samples at different radial distances from the moon at a fixed local time.

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