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On September 26, the Cassini spacecraft will make another flyby of Titan, at 956 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:
T-86 has a dayside pass through the mid and high Northern latitudes. This pass will be critical to INMS monitoring the effect of solar input on Titan’s atmosphere. The T-86 flyby observations are part of a strategy which is intended to determine how Titan’s atmosphere depends on latitude. INMS is prime inbound and outbound, so this will be one of a handful of opportunities to profile the ionosphere through the outermost edge of Titan’s atmosphere (the exobase), to closest approach and back out through the egress exobase crossing.
Radar will ride along with INMS, conducting SAR change detection on the southwestern part of Ligeia Mare (seen on T-28). ISS will ride along with CIRS’ and UVIS’ observations, inbound and outbound, to image Titan’s surface and atmosphere. The outbound leg includes Adiri and the region where extensive surface changes were observed in Fall 2010. ISS will also monitor Titan to track clouds and the evolution thereof for an extra day after the Titan encounter.
For more details, take a look at the NASA’s Cassini Website.