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Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) employees bolt a  radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) onto the Cassini spacecraft, at left, while  other JPL workers, at right, operate the installation cart on a raised platform in the  Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF). Cassini will be outfitted with three RTGs.  The power units are undergoing mechanical and electrical verification tests in the PHSF.  The RTGs will provide electrical power to Cassini on its 6.7-year trip to the Saturnian  system and during its four-year mission at Saturn. RTGs use heat from the natural  decay of plutonium to generate electric power. The generators enable spacecraft to  operate at great distances from the Sun where solar power systems are not feasible.  The Cassini mission is targeted for an Oct. 6 launch aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur  expendable launch vehicle. Cassini is built and managed by JPL KSC-97PC1094

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) employees bolt a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) onto the Cassini spacecraft, at left, while other JPL workers, at right, operate the installation cart on a raised platform in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF). Cassini will be outfitted with three RTGs. The power units are undergoing mechanical and electrical verification tests in the PHSF. The RTGs will provide electrical power to Cassini on its 6.7-year trip to the Saturnian system and during its four-year mission at Saturn. RTGs use heat from the natural decay of plutonium to generate electric power. The generators enable spacecraft to operate at great distances from the Sun where solar power systems are not feasible. The Cassini mission is targeted for an Oct. 6 launch aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur expendable launch vehicle. Cassini is built and managed by JPL KSC-97PC1094

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) employees bolt a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) onto the Cassini spacecraft, at left, while other JPL workers, at right, operate the installation cart on a raised platform in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF). Cassini will be outfitted with three RTGs. The power units are undergoing mechanical and electrical verification tests in the PHSF. The RTGs will provide electrical power to Cassini on its 6.7-year trip to the Saturnian system and during its four-year mission at Saturn. RTGs use heat from the natural decay of plutonium to generate electric power. The generators enable spacecraft to operate at great distances from the Sun where solar power systems are not feasible. The Cassini mission is targeted for an Oct. 6 launch aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur expendable launch vehicle. Cassini is built and managed by JPL

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19/07/1997
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Kennedy Space Center, FL
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