Astrogeology Science Center

Thumbnail generated from raw image of Enceladus
Thumbnail generated from raw image of Enceladus
Radar swath of Titan
Radar swath of Titan
Eclipse of Io in color
Eclipse of Io in color

Several scientists, engineers, and specialists at the USGS have participated in the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan under the direction of Laurence A. Soderblom, Randolph L. Kirk, and Brent A. Archinal. The involvement of Astrogeology in the Cassini-Huygens Mission began long before the mission's launch in 1997.

Planning for mission cartography depended on numerous maps created by Astrogeology of several of Saturn's moons using image data collected by the Voyager missions of the 1970's. Astrogeology staff members have been involved in the mission since its inception, assisting in planning, integration of research teams, instrument design and development, and identifying objectives.