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Cassini’s Grand Finale

Discovering life beyond Earth

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Source | NASA / YouTube | 04 April 2017 1 minute
After 20 years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is running out of fuel. So to protect the moons of Saturn that could be suitable for life, a spectacular end has been planned. Watch the spacecraft dive into the 1,200-mile gap between Saturn and its innermost ring. This is the final chapter of an amazing mission, but it’s also a new beginning,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Cassini-Huygens was the mission of two space probes developed to research the planet Saturn and its moons. Cassini itself was an orbiter that was constructed on behalf of NASA by Jet Propulsion Laboratory to examine the objects from an orbit around Saturn. Prior to its launch on October 15, 1997, almost 5,000 people from 18 nations were involved in this mission. Cassini discovered ocean worlds at Titan and Enceladus and expanded our knowledge about potential life beyond Earth. For more please check out www.nasa.gov