On Thursday, October 28th, the Cassini spacecraft passed safely through the misty icy plume that is emitted from the Saturn moon Enceladus. The goal was to obtain better measurements of the chemistry of the plume:
- Deepest-Ever Dive Through Enceladus Plume Completed – NASA
- Seven Key Facts About Cassini’s Oct. 28 ‘Plume Dive’
Here is an animation of the flyby made with the new SpaceTraveler Solar System & Space Missions Simulator from BINARY SPACE:
I’m told that the orientation data of the spacecraft could not be obtained in time so there is a some possible deviation with respect to the actual orientation during the flyby. The program will be updated when the data becomes available.