Alone Explorer on the mission to reveal the grandeur of Saturn: its rings and moons. After almost 20 years in space, NASA's Cassini Spacecraft is running out of fuel. And so to protect the moons of Saturn that could have conditions that were suitable for life, a spectacular end has been planned for this long-lived traveller from the planet Earth.
The Cassini–Huygens mission, that is commonly called as Cassini, was a collaboration that was made between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in order to send a probe to study the planet Saturn and its system, including its rings as well as its natural satellites. Cassini, the spacecraft consisted of both NASA's Cassini probe, as well as the ESA's Huygens lander which was to be landed on Titan: The largest moon of Saturn.
Cassini's Grand Finale:
On the 15th of October in the year 1997, the spacecraft was launched from Earth. In 2004, following a 7-year journey, through the solar system, Cassini arrived at Saturn: The Ringed Planet. The spacecraft carried a passenger, the European Huygens probe- It was the first human-made object to land on the world in a distant outer solar system.
For more a decade, Cassini has shared with us all the wonders of Saturn and its family of icy moons, taking us to astounding and breathtaking worlds where methane rivers run to a methane sea. Where jets of gas and ice are constantly blasting material into space from a liquid water ocean that might harbor someday the ingredients for life.
And Saturn, a giant world that is ruled by raging storms and delicate harmonies of gravity. Now, after all this, Cassini has one last, daring assignment on its list.
In the month of April in the year 2017, NASA's Cassini spacecraft began on its journey to write the final, thrilling chapter of the remarkable 20-year-long story of its daring exploration: The Grand Finale.
On the 26th Of April. 201, The Grand Finale Begins.
Cassini's Grand Finale is a Brand new adventure. As the spacecraft repeatedly braves the unexplored region, after twenty-two dives through the space between Saturn and its rings, , Cassini seeks new Insights about the origin of the rings, and the nature of the planet's interior- closer to Saturn that ever it has ever been before. On the final orbit, Cassini will finally be able to plunge into Saturn, constantly fighting to keep its antenna pointed at the earth as it transmits its farewell to the world. The journey comes to an end in the skies of Saturn, as Cassini becomes a part of the planet itself and breaks into destruction.
“With Cassini, we had a rare opportunity and we seized it,” said Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist.
The mission came to an end on the 15th of September in the year 2017.
But this very encounter proved to be like no other that ever took place. This last time, Cassini succeeded in diving straight into the atmosphere of the planet, managing to send astonishing data for as long as its small thrusters allowed to keep the antenna of the spacecraft pointed at Earth. After a time of 20 years, its reaction wheels now retire. Soon after it completed its final mission, Cassini burned up and disintegrated like a meteor and finally came to its end.
In the final moments of Cassini it returns to us the data that helped further unlock the mysteries of the plane and to its very end, Cassini could be told to be a mission of thrilling exploration.
This must watch animated video, Presents to you the Final chapter of the remarkable journey and the daring assignment of Cassini: The Spacecraft that bought to us the wonders of the ringed planet: The Saturn and looks back at all its accomplishments.
NASA at Saturn: Cassini's Grand Finale:
Video Source: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory