Luxel built LUXFilm® Polyimide/ Carbon filters for the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft that launched in 1997. The flight reached its research target Saturn in 2004, and shortly thereafter the Huygens probe separated and landed on the moon Titan while the Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn’s orbit. The mission has been providing data from the outer solar system for over 11 years, and on October 28 is sampling an extraterrestrial ocean as it flies through an icy plume near the moon Enceladus. It is expected that the mission will continue to be active until at least 2017.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will sample an extraterrestrial ocean on Wednesday, Oct. 28, when it flies directly through a plume of icy spray coming from Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The agency will hold a news teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 26, to discuss plans for and anticipated science results from the historic flyby.