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Spacecraft flies between Saturn and rings in historic 1st

Spacecraft flies between Saturn and rings in historic 1st

NASA's Cassini mission to explore Saturn and its rings and moons is nearly finished. At 5:00 a.m. EST, NASA released a tweet with a gif of what the maneuver looked like.

The rings around Saturn - a gas giant that is second in size in our solar system only to Jupiter - are thousands of kilometres wide, but only nine to 90 metres deep.

Because the spacecraft is running low on fuel it will make a death plunge into Saturn's surface on 15 September. Because the fuel tank is practically empty, NASA decided on one last risky, but science-rich adventure.

This will mark the end of Cassini's sojourn and is called spacecraft's "grand finale". The milestones that have been completed and that are immediately expected are as follows.

It's the way the antenna will be facing as it protects Cassini that is causing communication with Earth to cut out. Some of the areas had been imaged by Cassini before, but not using radar, according to a statement from NASA.

Cassini was out of radio contact with Earth early Wednesday as it became the first spacecraft to enter the gap between Saturn and its rings. The images and data are expected to come back to NASA and its partners starting around 3:05 a.m. EDT (12:05 a.m. PDT/ 0705 GMT) April 27.

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And if all went according to plan, the doodle isn't all that far off from what's really happening at Saturn today.

That will tell us, in turn, whether they were formed at the same time as the planet or in another process since - perhaps when asteroids smashed into one of Saturn's 60 moons.

It reached orbit in 2004, and for the thirteen years since has been sending reams of data back to Earth, yielding an.

The Cassini probe revealed a odd hexagonal pattern at Saturn's north pole.

Cassini mission project manager Earle Maise said the risk puts them at a 97 percent chance of success. Saturn gives Cassini a big grin as the vehicle passes by snapping pictures.

During its historic 20-year journey, Cassini has observed jets of water containing organic chemicals (including hydrogen) from one of Saturn's moons, which has led scientists to believe there could be microbes using chemical energy to produce methane and energy for life, Vox reported. Debris raining down onto either ecosystem would introduce contamination. As it performed the move, the craft's Twitter feed announced, "Shields Up!".


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