QUOTE (jasedm @ Mar 5 2011, 08:18 AM)
Latest article is up, with lots of cloud studies of Saturn (including some good expected glimpses of the great northern storm) and Titan.
Unfortunately no Telesto images are planned, although the orbit includes a 10,000km flyby of this moon (which is a whisker closer than the range for Telesto's targeted flyby in May next year)
I'm wondering if images of Telesto were originally planned, but the sequences were re-written in order to look at the northern storm in detail?
No, that was never in the plan. To simplify operations and planning in the Solstice mission, the project has switched to dedicating each periapsis to one scientific discipline (Saturn, rings, icy satellites or magnetosphere/plasma.) There are some exceptions, and Titan science is handled differently (lots of encounters, all dedicated to Titan, but those aren't in the periapsis periods.) But the exceptions are pretty carefully selected. Rev 146 is a Saturn periapsis and looking at Telesto isn't one of those exceptions.