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Lockheed Martin Missile and Space Co. employees retract pins in the storage base to release a radioisotope thermoelectric generator.

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Lockheed Martin Missile and Space Co. employees Joe Collingwood, at right, and Ken Dickinson retract pins in the storage base to release a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) in preparation for hoisting operations. This RTG and two others will be installed on the Cassini spacecraft for mechanical and electrical verification testing in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. 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 NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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  • Title: Lockheed Martin Missile and Space Co. employees retract pins in the storage base to release a radioisotope thermoelectric generator.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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