October 15, 1997, the Cassini-Huygens
was launched by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(JPL) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After a seven-year
journey, it entered Saturn's orbit on July 1, 2004 Coordinated
Universal Time (UTC), or June 30 at 8:36 p.m. MDT. Cassini completed its initial four-year mission in June 2008 and the first extended mission, called the Cassini Equinox Mission, in September 2010. It is still collecting valuable data on its second extended mission, called the Cassini Solstice Mission.
includes the Cassini orbiter, which orbit Saturn and its
moons, and the Huygens probe, which was released
from the Cassini orbiter and landed on the Titan moon to explore
its surface and surroundings. The instruments onboard
provide scientists with new and exciting data to help understand
the mysterious Saturnian system.
Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS), is one of the 12 instruments
installed on board Cassini. It was built by the Laboratory
for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) located in the
Research Park of the University of Colorado in Boulder.
instrument measures ultraviolet light in the Saturnian system.
Data from UVIS provide information on the atmospheric
composition and photochemistry of Saturn and Titan, and the
nature and history of Saturn's rings.
This site provides the public and the UVIS team members with
a wealth of knowledge about the UVIS instrument as well as links
to more information on the complete Cassini-Huygens mission.
Thank you for visiting and enjoy exploring the site.