CASSINI-HUYGENS MISSION OBJECTIVES
The Cassini-Huygens mission will accomplish a variety of scientificobjectives en route to and at Saturn [JPL D-5564].
While en route to Saturn, Cassini performed three sets of GravitationalWave Experiments (GWEs), each scheduled near opposition and each lastingapproximately 40 days. During these observations, Cassini acted as a pointmass which would be perturbed by propagating gravitational waves resultingfrom sudden destruction (or creation) of large masses in the generaldirection of the spacecraft-to-Earth line.
While en route to Saturn, Cassini was also used in two Solar ConjunctionExperiments (SCEs), each lasting approximately 30 days. The objectives ofthese observations was to test general relativity and to improve ourunderstanding of the solar corona.
The general scientific objectives of the Cassini mission at Saturn were toinvestigate the physical, chemical, and temporal characteristics of Titanand of Saturn, its atmosphere, rings, icy satellites, and magnetosphere.
These are listed more specifically below:
Saturn (Planet) Objectives.