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 living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype and is forthcoming from The Laurel Review. A piece of flash fiction is forthcoming from Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.” Richard is also Downlink Lead for HiRISE at the University of Arizona. View all posts by Richard Leis