Titan Time

From: Peter Bunclark <psb_at_ast.cam.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 15:15:22 +0100 (BST)

I rather like this, it's a quote from the most recent Cassini fly-by of
Titan; another example of the ingrained assumption that "local time" is
equivalent to rotation angle (because illumination incidence is important
to these guys).

MAPS: In general the flybys around T20 are relatively similar. They
approach over 35degrees latitude, ~135degrees west longitude (moving from
north to south) and local time is around 2 am. The full suite of RPWS,
CAPS, MIMI, and INMS taking data during this flyby, and the MAPS
instruments get to choose the overall pointing of the spacecraft from -52
minutes down to -10 minutes from closest approach.

Received on Thu Oct 26 2006 - 07:17:12 PDT

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