Cassini Diving Into History – take a look at it mission is space from the day it launch in 1997
Following over a decade of ground-breaking discoveries, Cassini is now approaching its mission end.
There is little fuel left to correct the NASA’s spacecraft trajectory and it’s been decided to end the mission. Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on 15 September 2017. It will burn up, a necessary planetary protection requirement. This will avoid possible contamination of any moons of Saturn that could have conditions suitable for life. These include Saturn’s largest moon Titan and Enceladus, which has a liquid ocean under its icy crust.
The grand finale is not only a spectacular way to complete this extraordinary mission. But will also return a bounty of unique scientific data that was not possible to collect during the previous phases of the mission. Cassini has never ventured into the area between Saturn and its rings before. The new set of orbits is almost like a whole new mission.
These close orbits will provide the highest resolution observations ever achieved of the inner rings and the planet’s clouds. The orbits will also give the chance to examine in situ the material in the rings and plasma environment of Saturn. It will also probe the planet’s magnetic field at close distances
This video explains Cassini ‘s final operations. Also, what the Cassini-Huygens mission has taught us about Saturn. As well as the potential for life on its moons and the promise of more science to come.
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Stay with us as we go LIVE for the final hours of Cassini. This will be an amazing space experience. The visual destruction of the space vessel will not only be fascinating but also sad
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