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Cassini MIMI Background Information



The Magnetospheric IMaging Instrument, or MIMI, onboard the Cassini spacecraft, is being used to study the energetic charged particle environment of Saturn's magnetosphere. The MIMI investigations will significantly advance our understanding of Saturnian magnetic processes and their relationship to the satellites and rings of that system as well as to the planetary ionosphere and atmosphere.


The Cassini spacecraft



The MIMI instrumentation consists of three sensor heads:  the Low Energy Magnetospheric Measurement System (LEMMS), the Charged Energy Mass Spectrometer (CHEMS), and the Ion and Neutral Camera (INCA).




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Updated 8/8/19, Cameron Crane


Manufacturer: The Cassini spacecraft was manufactured by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Huygens Probe was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space.

Mission Duration: The Cassini-Huygens mission launched on October 15 1997, and ended on September 15 2017.

Destination: Cassini's destination was Saturn and its moons. The destination of the Huygens Probe's was Saturn's moon Titan.

Orbit: Cassini orbited Saturn for 13 years before diving between its rings and colliding with the planet on September 15th, 2017.