The countdown has begun for the NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will take its last dive in Saturn tomorrow (15 September). Cassini is finishing the mission by taking the intentional plunge in the planet.
As per the reports of NASA, “The mission’s final calculations predict loss of contact with the Cassini spacecraft will take place on Sept. 15 at 7:55 a.m. EDT (4:55 a.m. PDT). Cassini will enter Saturn’s atmosphere approximately one minute earlier, at an altitude of about 1,190 miles (1,915 kilometers) above the planet’s estimated cloud tops (the altitude where the air pressure is 1-bar, equivalent to sea level on Earth). During its dive into the atmosphere, the spacecraft’s speed will be approximately 70,000 miles (113,000 kilometers) per hour. The final plunge will take place on the day side of Saturn, near local noon, with the spacecraft entering the atmosphere around 10 degrees north latitude.”
A few years ago, NASA decided to send a flagship mission to the Saturn to get detailed information about the mysterious ring planet. Hence, on 1997 NASA launched its robotic spacecraft, Cassini for an ambitious mission to Saturn.
According to NASA,” No spacecraft has ever ventured so close to the planet before.”
And now, after ...