Cassini Will Vaporize Into Saturn This Fall

Cassini Will Vaporize Into Saturn This Fall

In 1997, NASA launched the Cassini spacecraft to study the planet Saturn. The vessel took 7 years to reach the ringed planet, but has since been sending back data. It’s experiments helped gather new pictures of Saturn’s surface, rings, and moons. Alas, all good things must come to an end as Cassini is nearing the end of it’s fuel. Instead of letting it just float in space and risk damage to Saturn’s moons, the folks at NASA have decided to let it take a final swan dive and vaporize into the atmosphere. The final transmission is expected to happen on September 15, 2017. Until then, the probe will capture some great images of the rings.

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