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  • Jeroen Kumeling
    ... Van: Mark A. LeCuyer Aan: UFOPals Datum: donderdag 2 september 1999 2:10 Onderwerp: [UFOpals] Cassini Moon
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 2, 1999
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      Van: Mark A. LeCuyer <randydan@...>
      Aan: UFOPals <UFOpals@onelist.com>
      Datum: donderdag 2 september 1999 2:10
      Onderwerp: [UFOpals] Cassini Moon Images Show Camera Is In Top Form


      |From: "Mark A. LeCuyer" <randydan@...>
      |
      |Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
      |September 1, 1999
      |
      |http://www.jpl.nasa.gov
      |
      |Cassini Moon Images Show Camera Is In Top Form
      |
      | New images and brief movies of the Moon, taken by the camera
      |system on NASA's Saturn-bound Cassini spacecraft when it flew through
      |the Earth-Moon system two weeks ago, are available at
      |http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/ and at
      |http://ciclops.lpl.arizona.edu/
      |
      | The black-and-white lunar images were among a sequence taken of
      |the Moon by Cassini's sophisticated camera during the August 17 flyby
      |of Earth. Cassini, launched in October 1997, flew past Earth to gain
      |enough energy to reach distant Saturn in 2004, where the spacecraft
      |will make detailed studies for four years.
      |
      | "These are the first images taken by Cassini for both photogenic
      |and scientific purposes, and they illustrate that the cameras are
      |functioning beautifully," said Dr. Carolyn C. Porco, team leader of
      |the 14-member Cassini imaging team and an associate professor of
      |planetary sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
      |
      | The images released today are a wide-angle movie, a narrow-angle
      |video clip, the Moon in ultraviolet and a "triptych" (a three-paneled
      |composite image) of the Moon. The face of the Moon seen in these
      |images is nearly identical to that seen from Earth.
      |
      | They were taken from a distance of about 234,000 miles (377,000
      |kilometers) about 80 minutes prior to Cassini's closest approach to
      |Earth. The lunar images were taken to calibrate the camera system
      |using a familiar and well-studied target. (No images of Earth were
      |planned or taken during Cassini's flyby.)
      |
      | At Saturn, Cassini's imaging system will search for lightning,
      |investigate the cloud structure and meteorology of Saturn's and
      |Titan's atmospheres, image the surfaces of Saturn's many icy
      |satellites, study the ring system, and peer through the
      |hazy atmosphere of Titan to view that moon's intriguing surface. The
      |camera system is one of a dozen scientific instruments on the
      |spacecraft.
      |
      | Cassini is a joint mission of NASA, the European Space Agency and
      |Italian Space Agency, and is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion
      |Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, for NASA's Office of Space Science,
      |Washington DC. JPL is a division of the California
      |Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.
      |
      |-Mark-
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