NASA's Cassini burns up in skies over Saturn, ending

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Nasa will crash 4bn Cassini spacecraft into Saturn

- republicworld.com
15 Sep 2017
At around 7.55 am on Friday, 15 September NASA will watch its $4bn Cassini spacecraft crash into Saturn. Nasa also has little choice in the matter as Cassini has no fuel left and has overstayed its intended duration. For more than a decade, the spacecraft at Saturn took "a magnifying glass" to the enchanting planet, its moons, and rings.

Saying Goodbye to Cassini, the NASA Mission That Transformed Our Understanding of the Solar System

15 Sep 2017
This Friday, NASA 's Cassini spacecraft will come to a similar end. At 6:31 A.M. , Eastern Daylight Time, after two decades of flight and thirteen years of spectacular discovery around Saturn, and with the blessing of its controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, Cassini will touch the gas giant's dense atmosphere and be drawn into it. The end ...
- newyorker.com

NASA's Cassini to crash into Saturn today, ending 20 years of mission

- bgr.in
15 Sep 2017
Today will be the last time we see the surface of Saturn for at least a generation as NASA will crash its 20-year-old Cassini spacecraft into the planet's surface. The spacecraft will take the final plunge on September 15, at around 7:55am EDT (5:25PM IST), and enter the surface of the planet - a place where no human-made object has ventured before. The end of the mission ...

NASA Cassini Spacecraft to Take Final Death Dive Into Saturn

15 Sep 2017
NASA's Cassini Spacecraft is set to end its 13-year long inspection of Saturn today with a final dive into the planet's day side. The series of dives by the NASA spacecraft into the heart of the planet began back in April, as Cassini made its way through Saturn's rings in a 22-week long Grand Finale. Though the instruments on the spacecraft are still in a perfect working ...
- news18.com

Watch NASA Craft's Finale Crash Into Saturn

- telegraphmedia.net
15 Sep 2017
Early this morning, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be ending its mission and crashing into Saturn. Although images of the crash won't be available, you can watch NASA officials as they share the craft's last moments and react to what happens live in the stream above, provided by NASA. The stream above will be the official livestream for the Cassini mission's final moments.

Cassini Completes Its Historic Journey with Plunge into Atmosphere of Saturn

15 Sep 2017
Saturn's active, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus sinks behind the giant planet in a farewell portrait from Cassini. This view of Enceladus was taken by the spacecraft on September 13, 2017. The image was taken using Cassini's narrow-angle camera at a distance of 810,000 million miles (1.3 million km) from Enceladus and about 620,000 miles (1 million km) from Saturn. Image ...
- sci-news.com

How Cassini quietly transformed our understanding of the solar system

- mashable.com
15 Sep 2017
The Cassini mission -- a $3.62 billion joint venture between NASA and the European Space Agency -- has been exploring Saturn and its many moons since it arrived at the ringed planet in 2004. The spacecraft has changed the way we understand Saturn, its distinctive rings, and many moons.

See Cassini's Last Glimpses Of The Saturn System

15 Sep 2017
Momentous images from the spacecraft's grand finale. View between the rings Cassini peeks between Saturn and its rings in July, 2017. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute On September 14, Cassini's cameras will capture their final pictures. These last few snapshots will make their way back to Earth, the last entries in what Linda Spilker--Cassini's Project ...
- crooksandliars.com

Cassini Becomes Part Of Saturn

- spaceref.com
15 Sep 2017
Cassini launched in 1997 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and arrived at Saturn in 2004. NASA extended its mission twice -- first for two years, and then for seven more. The second mission extension provided dozens of flybys of the planet's icy moons, using the spacecraft's remaining rocket propellant along the way. Cassini finished its tour of the Saturn ...

NASA's Cassini spacecraft burns up in skies over Saturn

15 Sep 2017
This Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 image taken using the CL1 and RED filters and made available Thursday by NASA shows Saturn's rings, as seen from the Cassini spacecraft. NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn is closing in on its fiery finish, following a remarkable journey of 20 years. Cassini is on course to plunge through Saturn's atmosphere and vaporize like a meteor Friday ...
- newsobserver.com

After 13 years around Saturn, Cassini to take final plunge

- wionews.com
15 Sep 2017
This composite image shows an infrared view of Saturn's moon Titan from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, acquired during the mission's ''T-114'' flyby on Nov. 13, 2015. The spacecraft's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) instrument made these observations, in which blue represents wavelengths centered at 1.3 microns, green represents 2.0 microns, and red represents ...

Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn

15 Sep 2017
The realization that Saturn's moons are ripe for life is courtesy of Cassini itself. With the spacecraft's exit, such revelations are less likely. No new missions to Saturn are on the books. "We will go back to Saturn," Dougherty says. "It probably won't be in my lifetime."
- king5.com

Death of NASA spacecraft after crashing into Saturn left the world in tears

- indiatoday.intoday.in
15 Sep 2017
"Things never will be quite the same for those of us on the Cassini team now that the spacecraft is no longer flying," said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at JPL. "But, we take comfort knowing that every time we look up at Saturn in the night sky, part of Cassini will be there, too."

Plunging into Saturn, what the NASA probe leaves behind on Earth

15 Sep 2017
Now in the final hours of a collision course with the ringed planet, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on Friday (Sept. 15), where it will break apart, melt and disintegrate. After almost 20 years in space, 13 of which at Saturn, Cassini will not even leave a mark in the planet's clouds -- it will simply go silent and fade away.
- collectspace.com

NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn nears fiery finale

- phys.org
15 Sep 2017
Cassini was on course to plunge through Saturn's atmosphere and vaporize like a meteor. Flight controllers at California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory expect one last burst of scientific data from Cassini, before the radio waves go flat--and the spacecraft falls silent.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn nears fiery finale

15 Sep 2017
This Grand Finale, as NASA calls it, came about as Cassini's fuel tank started getting low after 13 years exploring the planet. Scientists wanted to prevent Cassini from crashing into Enceladus or Titan -- and contaminating those pristine worlds. And so in April, Cassini was directed into the previously unexplored gap between Saturn's cloud tops and the rings. Twenty-two ...
- abcnews.go.com

Year Saturn mission ends as Cassini spacecraft crashes

- fox4now.com
15 Sep 2017
In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the shadow of Saturn on the rings is seen in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on May 21, 2016. The moon Mimas is seen near the lower left. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 2.0 million miles from Saturn. Between April and September 2017, ...

NASA s 3 9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn

15 Sep 2017
Tampa (AFP) - After 20 years in space, NASA's famed Cassini spacecraft made its final death plunge into Saturn on Friday, ending a storied mission that scientists say taught us nearly everything we know about Saturn today and transformed the way we think about life elsewhere in the solar system.
- yahoo.com

Cassini races toward fiery mission

- spaceflightnow.com
15 Sep 2017
"The mission has exceeded all of our expectations, done better than we could have ever dreamed," said Curt Niebur, Cassini program scientist at NASA Headquarters. "The Saturn system is absolutely chock full of amazing worlds of all sizes, and Cassini has been exploring them for the past 13 years.

Cassini crashes into Saturn, its mission celebrated and mourned

15 Sep 2017
This monochrome view is the last image taken by the imaging cameras on NASA's Cassini spacecraft. It looks toward the planet's night side, lit by reflected light from the rings, and shows the location at which the spacecraft would enter the planet's atmosphere hours later pictured in this handout photo obtained by Reuters September 15, 2017. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science ...
- adn.com

NASA's Cassini spacecraft ends

- 6abc.com
15 Sep 2017
As Cassini flew around Enceladus, scientists turned the spacecraft's suite of instruments and sensors to the apparent geyser and discovered that it was water ice. "To actually see this plume of water vapor and water ice particles coming out of the south pole of a moon that is only 300 miles across was absolutely astonishing," said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist ...

NASA's Cassini ready for final plunge toward Saturn

15 Sep 2017
"By finding those other ocean worlds out there at Saturn, where we did not expect they would exist, it's really changed the paradigm that we think about how often we might find habitable environments," said Curt Nieber, a Cassini program scientist at NASA.
- abc7.com

Cassini's Saturn Mission Goes Out In A Blaze Of Glory

- npr.org
15 Sep 2017
NPR's Adam Cole, who helped produce a video commemorating the spacecraft's life and times, says: "Scientists [were] worried that when [Cassini] loses power, it could crash into a pristine moon, contaminating a place where we might someday search for life."

Cassini Just Sent Back Its Last Images Of Saturn, And They're Spectacular

15 Sep 2017
Cassini is now just hours away from entering Saturn's atmosphere (you can watch live from mission control on NASA TV ). It's predicted to break apart at 6.32am EDT (11.32am BST), with its final signal being received back on Earth 83 minutes later at 7.55am EDT (12.55pm BST).
- iflscience.com

So long, Titan Cassini snaps parting pics of Saturn's largest moon

- sciencenews.org
15 Sep 2017
On this final pass, Titan's gravity had one last job. It nudged Cassini on its final trajectory: making a beeline for Saturn . Tomorrow, the probe will spend its last full day in space snapping images of its greatest hits: Saturn and the rings, Titan, a small moon forming within the rings informally dubbed "Peggy," the moon Enceladus, ring ripples called propellers and ...

Why NASA is crashing the 4 billion Cassini spacecraft into Saturn

15 Sep 2017
On September 11, a final pass-by of the moon Titan put Cassini on a collision course with Saturn (check it out in the animation below). Earl Maize, the project manager of the mission, called this pass "a kiss goodbye." And it is goodbye. There is no way to stop the spacecraft from crashing now.
- wmda.mobi

Canberra records Cassini's last signal

- smh.com.au
15 Sep 2017
"Not only do we have an environment that just is overwhelming with an abundance of scientific mysteries and puzzles, but we've had a spacecraft that's been able to exploit it," Earl Maize, Cassini project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said at a news briefing on Wednesday.

Cassini's Saturn voyage comes to an epic end Here's why scientists are crashing the spacecraft into the massive planet

15 Sep 2017
Cassini has been extraordinarily successful -- indisputably one of the most successful planetary missions ever. Its flight was smooth, its instruments worked, its software rarely acted up. In addition to Huygens's perfectly stuck landing, Cassini probed the formation and behavior of Saturn's ring system , discovered a 5,000 mile-wide hurricane at Saturn's south pole and ...
- washingtonpost.com

Upon command, pioneering Cassini spacecraft makes dying plunge into Saturn

- hotair.com
15 Sep 2017
In 2005, Cassini successfully dropped off the European Space Agency's Huygens lander to explore Titan , a giant Saturn moon harboring a sea of liquid methane. Cassini found new rings on Saturn. It discovered that the icy crust of another moon, Enceladus, actually covers a vast underground ocean of water, a key ingredient for life as we know it.

Nasa spacecraft sends last signals on Saturn death plunge Science

15 Sep 2017
Nasa's Deep Space Network is tracking Cassini's signals. Earlier in the week, project scientist Linda Spilker told me that the signal may drop and return, drop and return, as Cassini's antenna wobbles before it finally loses contact completely. And, as Linda put it:
- theguardian.com

NASA Cassini spacecraft will dive

- cnet.com
15 Sep 2017
"I think Cassini will mostly be remembered for broadening our thinking about what habitability means in the solar system," Cassini's lead propulsion engineer Todd Barber said. "The entire concept of 'ocean worlds' as revealed by Cassini and [earlier NASA probe] Galileo may well drive future outer planet exploration. In fact, it's possible the most promising place to look ...

Our Saturn years Huygens' epic journey to the ringed planet, told by the people who made it happen

15 Sep 2017
"We all come from different countries, from different cultures and we have worked spectacularly well together," says Prof Michele Dougherty, from Imperial College London, chief scientist for the instrument on Cassini's designed to measure Saturn's magnetic field.
- bbc.co.uk

Cassini team turns Saturn crash into a cause for celebration

- geekwire.com
15 Sep 2017
Throughout the mission, engineers have taken advantage of Titan flybys to adjust Cassini's orbit, and the last flyby - known as "the kiss goodbye" - was executed on Monday, sealing the spacecraft's fate. Images from that flyby were released during Wednesday's briefing.

Probe incinerates on entry to Saturn

15 Sep 2017
Jonathan Lunine, from Cornell University at Ithaca, New York, spoke for many when he said: "I feel sad but I've felt sad the whole week; we knew this was going happen. And Cassini performed exactly as she was supposed to and I bet there is some terrific data on the ground now about Saturn's atmosphere."
- bbc.com

Our only mission to Saturn is over Here's what we've learned

- axios.com
15 Sep 2017
Shannon Stirone explains what it takes to kill a spacecraft for The Atlantic. "Thousands will gather at JPL and wait until the early morning hours for Cassini's final orbit to begin. They'll share stories of a lifetime of work, as that effort culminates in fireworks 800 million miles away."
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