Cassini was a NASA spacecraft that orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017. The science output of the mission is summarized in Volumne 1 of the Cassini Mission’s final report to NASA (click here) if you want the entire 1759 pages; 192 MB).
Section 3 of the report, covering Science Mission Results, is organized as a series of stand-alone documents:
Because Cassini was a multidisciplinary mission, many Cassini data sets can be obtained from more than one PDS Node.
The Atmospheres Node holds an extensive body of documentation from the mission. If you are new to the Cassini data sets, START HERE! You can also download CIRS, UVIS, RSS, and Huygens Probe data from the Atmospheres Node.
The Plasma/Particle Interactions (PPI) Node distributes the Magnetospheric and Plasma Science (MAPS) data sets: CAPS, INMS, MAG, MIMI, RPWS.
The Small Bodies Node distributes CDA data.
The Navigation and Ancillary Information Facility (NAIF) Node maintains the complete set of SPICE kernels for the Cassini mission. Use their selection tool to obtain kernels for the time period you need.
The Ring-Moon Systems Node curates CIRS, ISS, UVIS, and VIMS data sets, plus RSS occultation data. We provide additional search tools, calibrated and derived products, browse products, and metadata.
Use OPUS to search for specific Cassini data products using a wide range of criteria including enhanced geometric metadata produced at the node. The enhanced geometric metadata includes information appropriate to planet and satellite searches as well as enhanced ring geometry.
Supports ISS (raw and calibrated), UVIS, VIMS, and CIRS (limited).
Supports derived occultation profiles from UVIS, VIMS, and RSS.
Supports all scientific disciplines, including atmospheres and geoscience, in addition to ring science.
Search results include data files, tables of associated metadata, and browse products. Selected data files can be bundled as tar.gz files for easy downloading.
Use Viewmaster to explore the PDS3 delivery volumes directly. Products are generally in chronological order.
Cassini’s Master Schedule (14 MB) is the “as-planned” listing of observations spanning the entire Saturn tour. It contains 63,022 rows and may be downloaded and sliced and diced to identify observations of interest.
Additional enhanced and derived products are still in development. As they become available, we will announce them on our home page, through the PDS Subscription Service, and through announcements in PEN.
The tabs associated with this page describe the Cassini instruments and data sets that we support, provide access to the data, and link to sites within and outside the PDS that are likely to be of use.