Next week a rocket engine should fire for 96 min. on the Cassini/Huygens spacecraft, capturing it into orbit around Saturn to start a four-year tour of the planet, its rings, moons and magnetosphere. With a nearly 3-hr. round-trip light time, officials can do little but sit back and watch the most critical maneuver of the $3.3-billion mission. The outlook is good. The spacecraft is generally in excellent health, controllers have been drilling in real-time exercises at the Jet Propulsion ...


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