Launch of Cassini Orbiter and Huygens Probe on Titan IV
September 29, 2003
A seven-year journey to the ringed planet Saturn begins with the liftoff of a Titan IVB/Centaur carrying the Cassini orbiter and its attached Huygens probe. Launch occurred at 4:43 a.m. EDT, Oct. 15, from Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Station. After a 2.2-billion mile journey that will include two swingbys of Venus and one of Earth to gain additional velocity, the two-story tall spacecraft will arrive at Saturn in July 2004. The orbiter will circle the planet for four years, its complement of 12 scientific instruments gathering data about Saturn's atmosphere, rings and magnetosphere and conducting closeup observations of the Saturnian moons.
Topics: Space, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Cape Canaveral Air Station, Launch Complex, Cassini–Huygens timeline, Huygens probe, Cassini–Huygens, Titan, Moons of Saturn, Saturn, Spaceflight, Orbiter