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On July 24, the Cassini spacecraft will make another flyby of Titan, at 1012 kilometers. This will be the latest in a string of flyby’s during NASA’s long term exploration of the Saturn system with the Cassini spacecraft.
From NASA’s Cassini mission page:
VIMS observations will focus on detection of clouds to monitor climatic changes after the equinox, as well as looking for specular reflection on the Northern lakes. VIMS is prime at closest approach and will acquire 1kilometer-per-pixel images of the Huygens landing site to look for geological changes and spin rate determination by comparing with previous T-47 observation. This is one of VIMS’ so-called “10-pointer” flybys, i.e. one of the two scientifically most significant Titan flybys for VIMS during the Solstice mission. CIRS performs far-infrared limb-sounding to retrieve vertical temperature, aerosol and gas distribution near 36 degrees north latitude. T-85 is another low altitude (615 miles, or 990 kilometers) north polar flyby in the post noon sector of Saturn’s magnetosphere. With closest approach in the dayside ionosphere, Cassini will be able to study the diffusion of the external magnetic field at low altitudes and mid solar zenith angles. A comparison with T-83 and T-84 will be very useful for MAG.
For more details, take a look at the NASA’s Cassini Website.