The Planetary Sciences and Remote Sensing Group is directly involved in the Cassini mission for many years. From 1991 to 2014 Prof. Neukum† was a member in the Cassini Imaging (ISS) Team. Tilmann Denk has been appointed as Cassini Participating Scientist in 2013 and Prof. Jaumann from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is a team member of the Spectrometer (VIMS) Experiment on Cassini.
The project has been funded at FU Berlin since 2003 by the National Space Administration with means of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The latest approved period of funding reaches from July 2015 to October 2018 (ref.no. 50 OH 1503).
At present we are working on the following topics:
A major task is to plan the camera observations for the Saturnian moons Iapetus, Dione, Rhea, Phoebe and the outer moons. The planning is conducted in close co-operation with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA in California, with the Space Science Institute in Colorado and with the DLR Institute of Planetary Research:
Scientific evaluation of data
Immediately after the reception of data the systematic processing and evaluation can be started. The first images of the Saturnian moons reached Earth in June 2004. Since then, Cassini already transmitted more than 80.000 exposures. The image data is the basis for working on the following research topics:
|Participants in the Cassini project team|
|VIMS Science Team Member|
Participating Scientist and ISS Team Associate,
|Heike Rosenberg||Data and image processing, web, public outreach|
|Björn Schreiner||Color and 3D image processing|
Acting project coordinator: Prof. Dr. Georg Kaufmann (Geophysics)