Cassini Imaging Science: Instrument Characteristics And Anticipated Scientific Investigations At Saturn

  title={Cassini Imaging Science: Instrument Characteristics And Anticipated Scientific Investigations At Saturn},
  author={Carolyn C. Porco and Robert A. West and Steven W. Squyres and Alfred S. McEwen and Peter C. Thomas and Carl D. Murray and Anthony D. Delgenio and Andrew P. Ingersoll and Torrence V. Johnson and Gerhard Neukum and Joseph Frank Veverka and Luke Dones and Andre Brahic and Joseph A. Burns and Vance R. Haemmerle and Benjamin Knowles and D. D. Dawson and Thomas Roatsch and Kevin Beurle and W. M. Owen},
  journal={Space Science Reviews},
The Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) is the highest-resolution two-dimensional imaging device on the Cassini Orbiter and has been designed for investigations of the bodies and phenomena found within the Saturnian planetary system. It consists of two framing cameras: a narrow angle, reflecting telescope with a 2-m focal length and a square field of view (FOV) 0.35∘ across, and a wide-angle refractor with a 0.2-m focal length and a FOV 3.5∘ across. At the heart of each camera is a charged… 

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mars Color Imager (MARCI): Instrument description, calibration, and performance

[1] The Mars Color Imager (MARCI) instrument aboard the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft is a wide-angle, multispectral Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) “push frame” imaging camera designed to

Astrometric reduction of Cassini ISS images of Helene

Helene is a small irregular Saturnian satellite. It is difficult to observe Helene by ground-based telescopes because of its weak lightness (18.5 mag) and proximity to Saturns rings. The number of

Cassini Camera Contamination Anomaly: Experiences and Lessons Learned

We discuss the contamination “Haze” anomaly for the Cassini Narrow Angle Camera (NAC), one of two optical telescopes that comprise the Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS). Cassini is a Saturn Orbiter

High-resolution Dione atlas derived from Cassini-ISS images

The Cassini imaging science subsystem (ISS) acquired 449 high-resolution images (o800m/pixel) during one close flyby of Dione in 2005 and three non-targeted flybys in 2004, 2006, and 2007. We

Mapping of the icy Saturnian satellites

The Saturnian system contains 47 satellites of different sizes. This paper deals with the mapping of the so-called medium-sized icy satellites Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Iapetus, and

Exploring The Saturn System In The Thermal Infrared: The Composite Infrared Spectrometer

The Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) is a remote-sensing Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) on the Cassini orbiter that measures thermal radiation over two decades in wavenumber, from 10 to



The Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) Experiment on the Huygens Entry Probe of Titan

The payload of the Huygens Probe into the atmosphere of Titan includes the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR). This instrument includes an integrated package of several optical instruments

Encounter with saturn: voyager 1 imaging science results.

As Voyager 1 flew through the Saturn system it returned photographs revealing many new and surprising characteristics of this complicated community of bodies, including small inner satellites that interact gravitationally with one another and with the ring particles in ways not observed elsewhere in the solar system.

Jupiter's visible aurora and Io footprint

Images obtained by the Galileo spacecraft's solid-state imaging (SSI) system represent the first survey of Jupiter's northern auroral emissions at visible wavelengths and on the nightside of the

The Galilean Satellites and Jupiter: Voyager 2 Imaging Science Results

Voyager 2, during its encounter with the Jupiter system, provided images that both complement and supplement in important ways the Voyager 1 images, which revealed a complex and, as yet, little-understood system of overlapping bright and dark linear features.

Imaging Jupiter's Aurora at Visible Wavelengths

On November 9, 1996 and again on April 2, 1997, the Galileo spacecraft's Solid State Imaging (SSI) camera targeted the northern auroral region of Jupiter. These observations represent (i) the first

Titan's Surface, Revealed by HST Imaging

We present for the first time relative albedo maps of Titan's surface. The maps were made from images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope's planetary camera (295 km per pixel) through atmospheric

Jupiter's Cloud Structure from Galileo Imaging Data☆

The vertical structure of aerosols on Jupiter is inferred from data obtained by the NASA Galileo Solid State Imaging system during the first six orbits of the spacecraft. Images at 889 nm (a strong

Galileo Imaging of Jupiter's Atmosphere: The Great Red Spot, Equatorial Region, and White Ovals

During the first six orbits of the Galileo spacecraft's prime mission, the Solid State Imaging (SSI) system acquired multispectral image mosaics of Jupiter's Great Red Spot, an equatorial belt/zone

Structure and particle properties of Saturn's E Ring