The mission has been widely, insanely, beautifully successful.
Nasa is going to fly its Cassini spacecraft into Saturn, destroying it in an attempt to protect it from alien invasion. Finally, the fiery death will bring a conclusion to the 13-year mission in mid-September.
On its last day, the spacecraft will make the remainder of 22 farewell dives that will take it between the planet’s spectacular rings and its surface. At that point it will head towards its environment, diving down into and burning up as it does so.
The mission will end having indicated more about our solar system than scientists had expected. It has discovered that there are seasons on Saturn, that the moon Titan resembles the early Earth, and even that another moon Enceladus could support life in our own solar system.
Curt Niebur, Cassini program scientist said, “The mission has been insanely, wildly, beautifully successful, and it’s coming to an end in about two weeks” on a telephone conference call.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said that, Cassini’s final will likely be of propellers as it heads into Saturn’s atmosphere. The spacecraft will provide real-time data on the atmosphere until it loses contact with Earth.
Spilker said, “Cassini’s latest data on the rings had shown they had a lighter mass than forecast. That suggests they are younger than expected, at about 120 million years, and thus were created after the birth of the solar system”.
During its final orbits between the rings and the atmosphere, Cassini also studied Saturn’s atmosphere and took the measurements to obtain the size of the planet’s rocky core.
Cassini has been analyzing Saturn, the 6th planet from the sun and has provided enough data for almost 4,000 scientific papers.
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