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Message started by Tony on 07/07/08 at 16:42:27

Title: Visiting Saturn
Post by Tony on 07/07/08 at 16:42:27

Five spacecraft have visited the planet Saturn.  Here are simulations of their encounters with Saturn.

Cassini went into orbit around Saturn.  In the Cassini simulation, the spacecraft does not break into orbit, rather it continues on its hyperbolic trajectory.  Later, I'll add an orbit insertion burn when I can find the numbers.

The Huygens simulation includes the probe released by Cassini that landed on the surface of Titan.

Simulations<p>
http://orbitsimulator.com/gravity/simulations/pioneer11SaturnEncounter.gsim
http://orbitsimulator.com/gravity/simulations/voyager1SaturnApproach.gsim
http://orbitsimulator.com/gravity/simulations/voyager2SaturnApproach.gsim
http://orbitsimulator.com/gravity/simulations/cassiniSaturnEncounter.gsim
http://orbitsimulator.com/gravity/simulations/huygensTitanEncounter.gsim


Screenshots (visible are Saturn, Janus & Epimetheus at the edge of the ring system, Titan, and in the Cassini simulation, Phoebe):<p>

Pioneer 11 makes a flyby of Saturn
http://orbitsimulator.com/gravity/images/pioneer11SaturnArrival.GIF

Voyager 1 makes a close pass of Saturn's moon, Titan, before its flyby of Saturn
http://orbitsimulator.com/gravity/images/voyager1SaturnArrival.GIF

Voyager 2 gets a gravity boost from Saturn on its way to Uranus
http://orbitsimulator.com/gravity/images/voyager2SaturnArrival.GIF

Cassini arrives at Saturn for its multi-year tour
http://orbitsimulator.com/gravity/images/cassiniArrival.GIF

The Huygens probe is released by the Cassini spacecraft on a trajectory for a landing on Titan
http://orbitsimulator.com/gravity/images/huygens.GIF


Title: Re: Visiting Saturn
Post by Planet_X on 11/13/08 at 12:16:39

Awesome.  I'm currently toying around with the Pioneer 11 Saturn gsim.  I'm trying to somehow get it to where Saturn sends Pioneer 11 to Uranus.  Wish me luck!  Later!

J P

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