Thursday, May 18, 2006
Spacing OutRhea, three times the size of Enceladus, eclipses the smaller, gushier moon from Cassini's vantage point. Meanwhile, Orbiter is tough on one of its latest space cadets. I've not mastered docking with the lunar orbit station. The best I've been able to do is fly from a lunar surface station on the northern edge of Mare Imbrium to earth orbit. I enjoyed a nice nighttime view of the US, lit up by evening lights. I've been making very fuel-efficient launches into orbit. Rendezvous is no problem. But I'm going to need to master docking and reentry to get my wings.