Mission to Saturn

Cassini and the Huygens Probe

David M. Harland

Mission to Saturn "We learned more about Saturn in one week than in the entire span of human history."
Bradford Smith, Voyager Imaging Team Leader


In Mission to Saturn, David Harland reviews the exploration of Saturn, from the discoveries of the early astronomers through telescopes to the robotic probes and fly-bys of the late 1970s and early 1980s. He then goes on toplace our present knowledge in the context of the Cassini­Huygens mission, which is due to enter orbit around Saturn in 2004. This joint US/European venture will make a four-year orbital tour of the Saturnian system, with one highlight being the descent of the Huygens Probe into the atmosphere of Titan, the largest of the system's satellites which ­ possibly ­ is laced with the complex molecules which, on Earth, were the precursors to life.

The author explains how the mission was planned, how it will operate and how its observations will revolutionise our knowledge and understanding of the Saturnian system.

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Extent: 300 pages
Binding: paperback
Publication Date: September 2002
ISBN: 978-1-85233-656-1



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