Porco, C., West, R., McEwen, A., Ingersoll, A., Squyres, S., Dones, L., Thomas, P., Del Genio, A., Murray, C., Johnson, T., Burns, J., Brahic, A., Neukum, G., Veverka, J., et al. (2001). "Cassini Images the Jupiter System." European Geophysical Society XXVI General Assembly PS6.01.


Abstract

The Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) began imaging the Jupiter system on October 1, 2000 from a distance of 84.7 million km, the last Jupiter images were obtained on March 22, 2001, as the spacecraft made its departure for Saturn. The imaging sequences designed for the Jupiter flyby included repeated imaging of the planet throughout the 5-month long encounter to study the time-variability and light scattering characteristics of its atmosphere, a close approach of 4.4 million km to the small outer Jovian satellite Himalia to determine its size and composition, imaging of the rings to determine their extent, structure, time-variability, and the nature and size of their constituent particles, monitoring of the Galilean satellites (and some as they become eclipsed by Jupiter) to understand the nature of their surfaces and their interactions with the Jovian magnetic field, and searching for new, previously undetected satellites in the Jovian inner satellite region. We report here the initial results of this experiment.