Launch to Proceed as Scheduled
October 11, 1997
The Justice Department in Hawaii has refused to issue an injunction to stop the Cassini launch. The launch is scheduled for October 13, 1997 at 4:55 a.m. eastern time (ET) (1:55 a.m. pacific) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Additional information about Cassini-Huygens is online at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov.
Cassini will begin orbiting Saturn on July 1, 2004, and release its piggybacked Huygens probe about six months later for descent through the thick atmosphere of the moon Titan. Cassini-Huygens is a cooperative mission of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C.