NASA Cassini Spacecraft to Take Final Death Dive Into Saturn

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NASA Cassini Spacecraft to Take Final Death Dive Into Saturn
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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 condition, the death plunge comes as it runs out of rocket fuel after venturing an approximate of 5 Billion miles. The final calculations by the NASA team forecast a loss of contact with the satellite at 7:55 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) and the speed of the spacecraft at the time of the death dive to be around 113,000 kms per hour. NASA also predicts that Cassini will lose contact with Earth at around 1,500 kilometres above the surface of Saturn, as the spacecraft's altitude control thrusters will fire at their maximum capacity before that in order to keep the antennas pointed towards the Earth for transmitting the data acquired at the ...

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