Cassini is destroyed, but its successful mission to Saturn will be remembered

Cassini is destroyed, but its successful mission to Saturn will be remembered

Cassini is destroyed, but its successful mission to Saturn will be remembered

With the demise of the Cassini mission, there are no current plans to return to the planet nearly 750 million miles away. These type of results have excited the scientists, and they are now focusing more on the exploration of icy oceans of the solar system, and for that, a mission has been finalized to begin from 2020 targeted towards the investigation of conditions for life on Europa, the moon of Jupiter.

"We found the best possible solution to get scientific data that would have been too risky to take at any other time by diving between the planet and the rings".

Hence, Cassini made full utilization of its lifetime, and opened various new aspects of the world to us.

NASA chose to end Cassini's mission by sending the probe into Saturn's atmosphere because there was a fear of contaminating the planet's moons.

With that, NASA also released a montage of images, made from data obtained by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, which shows the location on Saturn where the NASA spacecraft entered the planet's atmosphere before it self-destructed.

Taken from a distance of 1.1 million kilometres from Saturn, this the final view of Saturn's famous rings captured by Cassini on September 13. "To the very end, the spacecraft did everything we asked", he said. My students and myself have at least five papers done with the Cassini data, to be submitted later this year. Scientists will continue to comb through it for years, probably decades, to come.

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20 years after its launch - NASA bid a teary, bittersweet farewell to one of its most historic missions.

In a recently completed study, a variety of potential mission concepts are discussed, delivered to NASA in preparation for the next Decadal Survey, including orbiters, flybys and probes that would dive into Uranus' atmosphere to study its composition.

A preview of the "Grand Finale" was presented in this cinematic video produced by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, published on April 4, 2017.

"On Titan, we have methane and ethane rain, and methane and ethane lakes and seas".

The other moon of Saturn that has scientists interested is Enceladus. At this morning's press conference, project manager Earl Maize appeared a little teary when he said that Cassini had been a faithful companion all these years, but added this also is a time of "serenity" knowing that "we did what we needed to do".

"This is the final chapter of an unbelievable mission, but it's also a new beginning", Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement.

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