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The Spacecraft|Cassini's Voyage|Saturn Orbit|Titan|Saturn's Moons


The Spacecraft

Cassini bristles with hardware to gather data about Saturn's stormy atmosphere, molten core and mysterious rings.

It can measure magnetic fields and radio waves, charged particles, cosmic dust, infrared and ultraviolet light. It also has wide-angle and narrow-angle cameras.

It sends up to four gigabits of information to Earth per day.


CASSINI'S KEY PARTS
1. Communication antennae

2. Boom carrying instrument to measure magnetic fields

3. Two cameras will take 300,000 pictures of the planet

4. Infra-red spectrometer

5. Radioactive power source

6. Engines (one is a back-up)

7. Thrusters used for small changes of direction or speed

8. Huygens probe will land on Saturn's largest moon, Titan

9. Plasma spectrometer measures charged particles

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