Produced by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), this A4 colour brochure describes the leading role played by UK scientists and engineers at universities, observatories and Research Councils in the international mission to Saturn and Titan. The Cassini-Huygens mission set off from Earth on 15 October 1997 and reached Saturn on 1 July 2004. It is one of the most ambitious space missions so far realised, consisting of two main components: a massive spacecraft, the Cassini Orbiter (built by NASA), that tours the planet and moons; and the Huygens probe (built by ESA), which was released from the spacecraft towards Titan on 25 December 2004, where, after a 20 day descent, it parachuted onto the moon’s surface. STFC is a part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) partnership of research councils.

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