Cassini is rapidly approaching Phoebe, the outermost known moon of Saturn. The first images are already twice as good as the best image of Phoebe taken by Voyager 2 in 1981, and will only get better over the next few hours. Cassini will pass only 2000 kilometers over the surface of the tiny moon around 2:00 pm Pacific Time this Friday. Late on June 30 into July 1, 2004, the spacecraft will intersect the rings of Saturn and allow Saturn to take it into orbit to begin its planned four-year study of the planetary system.
Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr). View all posts by Richard Leis