Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn

June 29, 2004

After nearly a seven-year trek, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft will arrive at Saturn on June 30, 2004 at approximately 10:36 p.m. EDT. The first endeavor to orbit Saturn, this international cooperative mission plans a four-year tour of the planet, its rings, magnetosphere and icy moons, including Titan, the planet’s largest.

DONALD SHEMANSKY, a professor of aerospace engineering, is co-investigator on the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) project. UIVIS is an instrument onboard the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft designed to examine Saturn’s atmosphere and magnetospheric environment. Over the years, Shemansky has worked on various planetary missions, including Mariner 10, Pioneer 10 and 11, Voyager 1 and 2 and Galileo.

Contact: (213) 740-7184 (office) or dons@hippolyta.usc.edu.