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Cassini Timeline: NASA Mission to Saturn Ahead of Grand Finale Death Dive


The Cassini Spacecraft will reach its Grand Finale on September 15, when it will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, where the temperature and pressure will crush and vaporize the craft into oblivion.


After various setbacks, NASA and the ESA agreed to the joint venture in 1988, with a view to launching two spacecraft—one to visit Saturn and the other to land on Saturn’s moon Titan.


While in this part of space, Cassini joined up with the Galileo spacecraft to give a new view of the largest planet in the solar system.


During these last trips, it saw jets of ice and dust coming from Enceladus, charted Titan’s tallest peaks and found that its huge sea was mostly pure liquid methane.


This marked the start of the grand finale, with 22 scheduled dips into the rings giving a view of the solar system never seen before.




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