After thirteen years of sometimes bootstrapped and often surprising science, Cassini has reached the end of its mission, and NASA deborbited the satellite into Saturn this morning. Check out our galleries of all the best science and scenery from Cassini's camera roll. The post How Cassini Changed Our Understanding of Saturn and the Solar System appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Its 20 year mission brought a wealth of discoveries about Saturn, but today the spacecraft burned up in the ringed planet's atmosphere to end its life.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is shown heading for the gap between Saturn and its rings during one of 22 such dives of the mission’s finale in this illustration. The spacecraft will make a final plunge into the planet’s atmosphere on Se… Read The post Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn appeared first on Towleroad.
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NASA’s aging Cassini spacecraft plunged like a falling torch into the atmosphere of Saturn early Friday morning, ending in a blaze of burning plastic and molten aluminum its 13 years of exploration around the ringed planet.
At about 4:56 a.m, Friday, NASA’s Saturn-exploring Cassini spacecraft died after flying into the ringed gas giant’s atmosphere at 77,000 miles per hour.
NASA's "insanely, wildly, beautifully successful" Cassini mission came to a fiery end in Saturn's atmosphere Friday morning
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft disintegrated in the skies above Saturn early Friday in a final, fateful blaze of cosmic glory, following a remarkable journey of 20 years.
Boeing Co. and SpaceX are relying on the tried-and-true design as the two companies each develop spacecraft under NASA contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
"But rather than careen into a canyon, the plucky probe took a final plunge into the object of its obsession. Just how obsessed? It's 13-year mission to explore the strange world of Saturn went on nearly a decade longer than planned....Show More Summary
After 20 years and countless orbits, NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn has come to its fiery end. The space agency has confirmed that its Deep Space Network (DSN) tracking station at Canberra lost all radio contact with the unmanned deep...Show More Summary
One of the most successful space missions ever launched by Nasa has ended, becoming the first manmade object to pass between Saturn and its rings Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has met its demise as it plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere this morning where it was vaporised within minutes in a meteoric blaze. Show More Summary
After a 20-year sojourn in the final frontier, at approximately 10.00PM AEST tonight, NASA's Jet Propulsion laboratory lost contact with the Cassini spacecraft, which had plunged into Saturn's atmosphere about an hour and a half prior, ending its 13-year exploration of the Saturn system. More »
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has burned up in the Saturnian sky. Scientists and engineers on Earth react to receiving its final signal.
U.S. space agency NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will end its groundbreaking 13-year mission to Saturn on Friday with a meteor-like plunge into the ringed planet’s atmosphere, transmitting data until the final fiery moment. Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, is expected to lose...
The Cassini spacecraft was destroyed at Saturn on Friday around 6:32 a.m. EDT. It took more than an hour for the probe's last signal to reach antennas on Earth. NASA's $3.26-billion mission was ended to prevent contaminating oceans of...Show More Summary
Cassini, the NASA spacecraft whose breakthrough discoveries about Saturn and its many moons revolutionized the search for life beyond Earth, disintegrated Friday morning in the skies above the ringed planet. It was one month shy of its 20th anniversary in space. The explorer’s death was swift and...
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The only satellite ever to orbit Saturn is about to be destroyed. The Cassini spacecraft has made countless discoveries about the second-largest planet in the solar system. NASA will now send it crashing into Saturn's atmosphere on purpose. Jamie Yuucas reports.