Cassini in safe mode after flying past Saturn moon

first_imgControllers have since sent commands for Cassini to resume normal transmission and scientists recovered all the data from the flyby despite a nearly 12-hour delay. Cassini was expected to be fully functional by week’s end. Iapetus, the third-largest Saturnian moon, gained fame in Clarke’s novel, which was developed in concert with Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 movie by the same name. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Alicia Chang THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The international Cassini spacecraft went into safe mode this week after successfully passing over a Saturn moon that was the mysterious destination of a deep-space-faring astronaut in Arthur C. Clarke’s novel 2001: A Space Odyssey. Cassini flew within 1,000 miles of Iapetus on Monday and snapped images of its rugged, two-toned surface. As it was sending data back to Earth, it was hit by a cosmic ray that caused a power switch to trip. The spacecraft was not damaged, but had to turn off its instruments and relay only limited information. last_img read more