Cassini Completes Close Flyby of Enceladus


According to NASA sources Cassini's flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus occurred today around noon Pacific time.

As scheduled, no contact was made with the spacecraft until around 7:00 PM PST today. Science data collection was been completed and Cassini has reoriented itself so as to point at Earth and play back the data that was collected. This playback will continue until tomorrow afternoon.

Early science results may be available Thursday afternoon.

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