The Cassini-Huygens Visit to Saturn: An Historic Mission to the Ringed Planet by Michael Meltzer pdf free download

The Cassini-Huygens Visit to Saturn: An Historic Mission to the Ringed Planet by Michael Meltzer pdf free download

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Cassini-Huygens was the most ambitious and successful space journey ever launched to the outer Solar System. This book examines all aspects of the journey: its conception and planning; the lengthy political processes needed to make it a reality; the engineering and development required to build the spacecraft; its 2.2-billion mile journey from Earth to the Ringed Planet and the amazing discoveries from the mission. The author traces how the visions of a few brilliant scientists matured, gained popularity and eventually became a reality.

Innovative technical leaps were necessary to assemble such a multifaceted spacecraft and reliably operate it while it orbited a planet so far from our own. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft design evolved from other deep space efforts, most notably the Galileo mission to Jupiter, enabling the voluminous, paradigm-shifting scientific data collected by the spacecraft. Some of these discoveries are absolute gems. A small satellite that scientists once thought of as a dead piece of rock turned out to contain a warm underground sea that could conceivably harbor life. And we now know that hiding under the mist of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is a world with lakes, fluvial channels, and dunes hauntingly reminiscent of those on our own planet, except that on Titan, it’s not water that fills those lakes but hydrocarbons. These and other breakthroughs illustrate why the Cassini-Huygens mission will be remembered as one of greatest voyages of

discovery ever made.

Review

“In this four-part work, Meltzer … addresses the development of the concept and the politics associated with its development, the design of the spacecraft and its mission, the mission itself, and the results of the mission. … This is a testament to both the spacecraft designers and the ingenuity of the operations team. A well-written, thoroughly researched book with appropriate photographs and drawings. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All space technology and history collections.” (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 52 (12), August, 2015)

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