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Cassini Spacecraft is ready for the Grand Finale

This illustration shows NASA’s Cassini spacecraft above Saturn's northern hemisphere prior to one of its 22 grand finale dives. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This illustration shows NASA’s Cassini spacecraft above Saturn’s northern hemisphere prior to one of its 22 grand finale dives. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Launched on October 15, 1997,  after 20 years in space, Cassini Spacecraft is running out of fuel and it is ready for its grand finale.

The spacecraft arrived on the Saturn’s orbit on June 30, 2004 (after a 7-years journey) and since then it amazed us with incredible photos of an unknown world, including Saturn itself and its moons.

NASA announces that this year, between 26 April and September 15, Cassini will ‘jump’ between Saturn and its rings, inside a region that no other mission in humankind history ever explored before.

Since 2004 and until now, we had the opportunity to discover a new world through the lens of Cassini’s telescope, a world that amazed us and made us ask a lot of questions about our origins of the universe.

Saturn's Rings | © NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Saturn’s Rings | © NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Scientists will never stop collecting data until Cassini’s final moment. The spacecraft will enter inside of Saturn’s atmosphere and it will become one with the Giant Gas Planet on September 15.

We’ll stay breathless, because Cassini’s antenna will keep sending informations to Earth until its last moment.

Because this is one of the greatest steps in NASA’s history, they’ve made a short animation with the Journey of Cassini Spacecraft:

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