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Cassini Completes Halfway Mark -- Audio Clips

The Cassini spacecraft is halfway done with its tour of Saturn, its rings and its moons. For the second half of the journey, engineers will maneuver the spacecraft to get a clear view from the other side, and a more "top-down" perspective. Cassini launched on October 15, 1997, and entered orbit around Saturn on June 30, 2004.

More information on the mission is at www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov .

+ Related podcast: Cassini at Saturn, Halftime Highlights

CUT 1 – CASSINI SCIENTIST DR. JEFF CUZZI OF NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER EXPLAINS HOW THE TEAM WILL GET A NEW VIEW OF SATURN DURING THE UPCOMING SECOND HALF OF THE JOURNEY.
Running time: :13
OUT: "180 DEGREES OVER"
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Description of CUT 1:
"What we'll do is we'll flip the orbit of the spacecraft, we'll flip it almost up and over the planet, down the other side. So it's like flipping the orbit of the spacecraft pretty much 180 degrees over. "

CUT 2– JEFF CUZZI SAYS SCIENTISTS HAVE LEARNED A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT DURING THE FIRST TWO YEARS AT SATURN, WITH SOME PARTICULARLY INTRIGUING DISCOVERIES ABOUT THE PLANET'S LARGEST MOON, TITAN. THERE WILL BE 30 ADDITIONAL TITAN FLYBYS DURING THE NEXT TWO YEARS.
Running time: :10
OUT: "KNOW THAT BEFORE"
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Transcript of CUT 2:
"It's got weather, and it's got storms and it's got clouds and its got mountains and rivers and sand dunes and all kinds of very interesting things, and we didn't really know that before. "

CUT 3 – CASSINI CHIEF NAVIGATOR JERRY JONES OF NASA'S JET PROPULSION LABORATORY SAYS HIS TEAM HAS MUCH BETTER MAPS OF SATURN'S NEIGHBORHOOD THAN BEFORE THE CASSINI MISSION.
Running time: :21
OUT: "GOING TO TAKE"
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Transcript of CUT 3:
" In that sense, we're a lot like Mapquest. We know where all the "towns" are. We know what the paths are to get from any one place to another. So we've really been building up our own Mapquest kind of a capability. And so if we want to take a different path, we could do that, how much propellant is it going to take, how long is it going to take?

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