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  Saturn probe Cassini enters orbit
Updated 01 July 2004, 08.25
The Cassini-Huygens probe
Cassini-Huygens, the international mission to Saturn, has successfully entered into orbit around the planet.

In a near-perfect operation, the 1.8bn probe slowed down using its main engine, was caught by Saturn's gravity, and started orbiting the ringed world.

Bob Mitchell, head of the Cassini programme, said: "It was the result of a lot of work by a lot of people."

The spacecraft has travelled for over six years, and will study the planet and its 31 moons for four years.

Huygens will investigate Titan
Huygens will investigate Titan

Cassini-Huygens is the first man-made object to be put into orbit around Saturn.

In December it will launch the Huygens probe to Titan, one Saturn's many moons.

It's the only moon in the Solar System with a thick atmosphere, and some people believe it's very similar to how Earth once was.

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