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Join in the Cassini Name Game
Join in the Cassini Name Game
5 Jun 2014
(Source: NASA/JPL)

Artist Concept of Cassin's next mission phase/Artist concept of the Cassini spacecraft looping close to Saturn on the inside of its rings
In its next phase, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will perform 22 loops between Saturn and its innermost ring. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

June 5, 2014 UPDATE: The Cassini team plans to announce the chosen name for the spacecraft's final orbits in late June, coincident with the mission's 10th anniversary.

As NASA's Cassini mission approaches its 10th anniversary at Saturn, its team members back here on Earth are already looking ahead to an upcoming phase.

Starting in late 2016, the Cassini spacecraft will repeatedly climb high above Saturn's north pole, flying just outside its narrow F ring. Cassini will probe the water-rich plume of the active geysers on the planet's intriguing moon Enceladus, and then will hop the rings and dive between the planet and innermost ring 22 times.

Because the spacecraft will be very close to Saturn, the team has been calling this phase "the proximal orbits." But they think someone out there can conjure up a cooler name. Here's where you come in: you can choose your faves from a list already assembled, or you can submit your own ideas (up to three). The big reveal for the final name will be in May 2014.

This naming contest is part of the 10-year anniversary celebration. The mission will mark a decade of exploring Saturn, its rings and moons on June 30 PDT (July 1 EDT).

For more information on the contest, visit: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/name

As part of the anniversary celebration, the Cassini team has released a video preview of the next four years of the mission: http://youtu.be/fAQM9rfZq7w


Jane Platt 818-354-0880
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
jane.platt@jpl.nasa.gov

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