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 USGS scientists Brent A. Archinal and Mike Bland, and Scientists Emeritus Laurence A. Soderblom and Randolph L. Kirk. The involvement of Astrogeology in the Cassini-Huygens Mission began long before the mission's launch in 1997.

Planning for Cassini 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 assisted in planning, integration of research teams, instrument design and development, and identifying mission objectives.

Although the Cassini Mission ended with the "Grand Finale" on September 15, 2017, Astrogeology employees continue to use mission data to create new cartographic data productsm and continue doing more great scientific research using the vast archives of data collected by Cassini!