NASA's Cassini spacecraft burns up in skies over Saturn

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft sends final transmission

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16 Sep 2017
NASA spacecraft Cassini prepares for final mission Cassini spacecraft begins its final dance with Saturn Cassini spacecraft's final act: Plunging into Saturn Cassini Sends Back Images Of Saturn's Moon From Final Titan Flyby Cassini Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and its Rings Google Doodle Cassini Spacecraft Finds Microbial Food On Enceladus NASA's Cassini spacecraft ...

Probe incinerates on entry to Saturn

16 Sep 2017
The American-led Cassini space mission to Saturn has just come to a spectacular end.Controllers had commanded the probe to destroy itself by plunging into the planet's atmosphere.It survived for about a minute before being broken apart.Cassini had run out of fuel and Nasa had determined that the probe should not be allowed to simply wander uncontrolled among Saturn and its ...
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NASA's Cassini Probe Is Dead After 20 Years of Exploring Saturn OOYUZ

- ooyuz.com
16 Sep 2017
With the crackle and fade of a signal beamed from 932 million miles (1.5 billion km) away, NASA's 20-year Cassini mission at Saturn has come to an end. The bus-size Cassini probe began its descent into Saturn while streaming unprecedented real-time measurements of the planet's atmosphere. The probe ramped up its thrusters to keep its antenna dish pointed toward Earth to ...

The Cassini spacecraft crashed into Saturn, ending a successful 20 The Washington

16 Sep 2017
It's precisely because of its successes that Cassini had to die . Once the spacecraft ran out of fuel, NASA would not risk letting it remain aloft, where it might be knocked into Titan or Enceladus. In April, Cassini began 22 close-in orbits that took it between and behind Saturn's rings . Earlier this week, NASA flew Cassini past Titan one last time, taking advantage of ...
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After 20 years, NASA's Cassini space probe burns up in Saturn's atmosphere

- cp24.com
16 Sep 2017
This image made available by NASA in April 2017 shows a still from the short film "Cassini's Grand Finale," with the spacecraft diving between Saturn and the planet's innermost ring. Launched in 1997, Cassini reached Saturn in 2004 and has been exploring it from orbit ever since. Cassini,Äôs fuel tank is almost empty, so NASA has opted for a risky, but ...

NASA Cassini Spacecraft to Take Final Death Dive Into Saturn

16 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 ...
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How NASA's doomed space probe changed everything we know about Saturn

- techradar.com
16 Sep 2017
On 15 September, one of NASA's greatest space probes will destroy itself. After thirteen fruitful years studying Saturn, its stunning rings and many of its 62 strange moons, the Cassini space probe is being steered towards the giant planet itself. The first probe to spend any kind of time at Saturn, Cassini - a joint effort of NASA, the European Space Agency and the ...

Cassini Vanishes Into Saturn, Its Mission Celebrated and Mourned

16 Sep 2017
The orbiter became Cassini, built and operated by NASA; the Titan probe was named Huygens, a project of the European Space Agency. The Europeans approved Huygens in 1988. A year later, NASA gave the go-ahead for Cassini. The craft were named for a Dutch astronomer, Christiaan Huygens, who discovered Titan and figured out Saturn had rings, and Giovanni Domenico Cassini, a ...
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Cassini mission ends with final plunge into Saturn

- engadget.com
16 Sep 2017
At around 7:31 AM eastern time, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft disintegrated and plunged into Saturn, becoming the only man-made object ever to touch our solar system's second largest planet. "The signal from the spacecraft is gone and within the next 45 seconds, so will be the spacecraft," said NASA JPL Cassini program manager Earl Maize. "This has been an incredible ...

Saturn spacecraft makes fiery, final dive

16 Sep 2017
This image made available by NASA shows the moon Enceladus and the edge of Saturn as seen from the Cassini spacecraft on its descent towards the planet on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. The probe disintegrated in the skies above Saturn early Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, after a journey of 20 years. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute via AP)
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Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy

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16 Sep 2017
Many lessons learned during Cassini's mission are being applied to planning NASA's Europa Clipper mission, planned for launch in the 2020s. Europa Clipper will fly by the icy ocean moon dozens of times to investigate its potential habitability, using an orbital tour design derived from the way Cassini has explored Saturn. The Europa Clipper mission will orbit the giant ...

Cassini's Historic Grand Finale in Saturn

16 Sep 2017
Known as Cassini-Huygens, the mission was a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency to send a probe to study the planet Saturn and its system, including its rings and natural satellites. It was launched October 5th, 1997, and on October 15, two decades since its launch, history was made as Cassini completed its mission at Saturn.
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NASA's Cassini Mission to Study Saturn Ends as Probe Plummets into Planet

- breitbart.com
16 Sep 2017
At 7:55:46 AM Eastern, Cassini transmitted its final message to NASA. About 45 seconds later, the spacecraft was transformed into fiery debris as it plummeted through Saturn's hydrogen and helium-rich atmosphere. Launched in 1997, Friday saw the end of the craft's 13 years spent orbiting Saturn and its moons, making discoveries that surprised even the NASA scientists involved.

Cassini Completes Its Historic Journey with Plunge into Atmosphere of Saturn

16 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 ...
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft crashes into Saturn, ends

- cnet.com
16 Sep 2017
Launched on Oct. 15, 1997, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, as a joint operation of NASA, the European Space Agency and Italy's space agency, Cassini made 294 orbits of the ringed planet. In January 2005, Cassini successfully landed a probe called Huygens on the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft ends 20 long epic journey

16 Sep 2017
The spacecraft has produced 450,000 images and 635 gigabytes of data since it began probing Saturn and its 62 known moons in July 2004. Cassini also carried a probe called Huygens, which parachuted to the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in January 2005 and returned spectacular results.
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NASA says goodbye to Cassini probe, which improved our understanding of Saturn

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16 Sep 2017
September 15, 2017, 6:46 PM| A journey that spanned two decades and nearly 5 billion miles came to a fiery ending on Friday. NASA's Cassini space probe, which sent back thousands of images of Saturn, slammed into the ringed planet's atmosphere at 77,000 miles an hour. Jamie Yuccas reports.

Spellbinding Saturn images from NASA's self

16 Sep 2017
Once hurled into the solar system, Cassini spent the next seven years braving the unforgiving vacuum of space before even reaching Saturn. A system glitch, meteorite, or haphazard collision with any number of orbiting hunks of space junk could've killed this $3 billion dollar mission before it even started. Fortunately, this was not Cassini's fate, and on July 1, 2004, the ...
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Cassini's Grand Tour

- nationalgeographic.com
16 Sep 2017
NASA knew of Cassini's plans and alerted Earthlings to the upcoming portrait, sharing information about the exact time the image would be taken and telling people where to find Saturn in the sky. That Cassini photo is now known as "The Day the Earth Smiled ," because people around the world turned to look at Saturn and smiled for Cassini's faraway eyes.

The dying of the light

16 Sep 2017
Of course, there's sadness too. For many of us, it's hard to imagine our lives suddenly lacking this spacecraft. Everybody here in the press room at JPL is using Cassini to measure their careers. Only a few here were professional science journalists covering space back in 1997 when Cassini launched. For most of us, the Cassini mission has been at Saturn for the majority of ...
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The 100 best Saturn images according to NASA scientists

- businessinsider.com
16 Sep 2017
To honor the more than 453,000 photos Cassini took of Saturn, its rings, moons, and other objects, several NASA divisions worked together to select its 100 greatest visuals. Those have been turned into a 110-page ebook, titled "The Saturn System Through the Eyes of Cassini ", which is free to download for iBooks , Kindles , and other ebook readers (and just as a PDF ).

Less than 24 hours until Cassini probe crashes into Saturn

16 Sep 2017
In October of 1997, nearly 20 years ago, NASA launched the last of its great probes to the outer planets. A joint mission with the European Space Agency, a single rocket sent Cassini and Huygens on a meandering path through the Solar System. Huygens plunged into the atmosphere of the moon Titan well over a decade ago, but the Cassini orbiter has been looping around Saturn ...
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Instagram Photo by National Geographic natgeo

- web.stagram.com
16 Sep 2017
Photo by This Friday the Cassini spacecraft plummeted into Saturn's atmosphere, culminating a 20-year voyage that captured extraordinary images of Saturn's planetary ecosystem. Thanks to Cassini, we now know that there are active volcanoes and geysers on Saturn's moons that link those faraway worlds to our own. I post this image, made at a geyser in Nevada, as a tribute to ...

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Burns Up in Skies Over Saturn

16 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 ...
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NASA's Saturn Probe Cassini Comes to a Fiery End

- nbclosangeles.com
16 Sep 2017
This Grand Finale, as NASA called 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 ...

NASA's lone mission to Staurn, Cassini spacecraft, ended its 20 years journey

16 Sep 2017
Saturn's rings, which are entirely made up of water ice particles, also contain small moonlets, Cassini found back in 2006. "The moonlets' existence could help answer the question of whether Saturn's rings were formed through the break-up of a larger body or are the remnants of the disk of material from which Saturn and its moons formed," NASA wrote after the discovery.
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NASA s 3 9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn

- yahoo.com
16 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.

Cassini's 10 best pictures

16 Sep 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been voyaging through the solar system since October 1997. It went into orbit around Saturn in 2004 and has since taken thousands of images of the planet, its rings, and its many diverse moons. But on 15 September, the craft will end its mission by crashing into Saturn.
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NASA's Saturn Probe Cassini Comes to a Fiery End

- nbcdfw.com
16 Sep 2017
Cassini departed Earth in 1997 and arrived at the sixth planet from our sun in 2004. The hitchhiking European Huygens landed on big moon Titan in 2005. Nothing from Earth has landed farther. Three other spacecraft previously flew past Saturn, but Cassini was the only one to actually circle the planet.

Saturn probe heads towards destruction

16 Sep 2017
"This was the best solution," said Earl Maize, the Nasa Cassini project manager. "We could have parked Cassini way outside the rings, and outside the icy moons. We could even have sent it away from the Saturn system but no-one saw any scientific benefit in that."
- bbc.co.uk

Cassini concludes pioneering mission at Saturn Cassini

- esa.int
16 Sep 2017
Launched on 15 October 1997 and arriving in Saturn's orbit on 30 June 2004 (PDT), Cassini carried ESA's Huygens probe that landed on Titan on 14 January 2005. During its two and half hour descent it revealed the surface that had been previously been hidden by the moon's thick hazy atmosphere, showing a world with eerily Earth-like landscapes.

Upon command, pioneering Cassini spacecraft makes dying plunge into Saturn

16 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.
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Nasa breaks up above Saturn after historic

- telegraph.co.uk
16 Sep 2017
Cassini was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 1997 and took seven years to reach Saturn, travelling two billion miles. On the way it made fly-bys of Venus, the Earth, and Jupiter to receive gravitational "kicks" that boosted its speed to more than 42,500mph. Cassini arrived at the ringed planet in July 2004.

Why NASA's Cassini probe had to be destroyed

16 Sep 2017
But what of Huygens , the European Space Agency probe, that Cassini released onto Titan in 2005? Wouldn't that be a contamination hazard? Perhaps, but landing on Titan was considered a much more acceptable risk. "Given the fact that Titan is too cold and that there is no liquid water for life as we know it to evolve, the risk of contamination is practically non-existing," ...
- pbs.org

Probe incinerates on entry to Saturn

- bbc.com
16 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."

NASA's Cassini probe is dead after 20 years of exploring Saturn

16 Sep 2017
It's unlikely that anyone saw it happen - not even powerful telescopes - but NASA surmises that its "faithful traveller from Earth" heated up to hundreds and then thousands of degrees, broke apart, disintegrated, and vaporised into a small, plutonium-laced meteor that streaked above Saturn's clouds.
- sciencealert.com
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