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Cassini arrives at Saturn
News story originally written on June 30, 2004

A robot spaceship is about to get to Saturn. The spaceship is named Cassini. Cassini is moving fast because it had a long way to travel to get to Saturn. Cassini will fire its rocket engine for 96 minutes on June 30, 2004. That will slow the spacecraft down. Then it will start to orbit Saturn.

Cassini will study Saturn, Saturn's rings, and Saturn's moons. It will study them for at least four years. It has 12 instruments that it will use to collect data and take pictures.

Cassini is also carrying a second, smaller spacecraft. That spacecraft is named Huygens. Huygens will land on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in January 2005.

Cassini will fly very close to Saturn when it fires its engine and slows down. It will be the closest Cassini ever gets to Saturn. Cassini should get some great pictures of the planet! Cassini will also fly right through a gap in Saturn's rings!

Last modified June 30, 2004 by Randy Russell.

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