Cassini Spacecraft Faces Its Grand Finale Soon; Ring Dive Results In Beautiful Images [VIDEO]By Mark Stevens Peterson, UniversityHerald Reporter
After the Cassini Spacecraft survived its close encounter with danger, it has now begun its journey for the Grand Finale. After a few more dives into Saturn and its rings, it will finally rest and be disabled.
Cassini Spacecraft Survives First Dive
The US space probe Cassini recently survived its first dive between Saturn and its innermost ring in order to make some observations and transmit back to NASA. The achievement was a proud moment for the US space agency, and hopefully it can do more fly-bys in the future until the designated time of its silent destruction, The Guardian reported.
NASA is now preparing an end to the Cassini Spacecraft after its reserves of fuel run out, which is predicted to be on Sept. 15. It will complete several more swings through Saturn's complete system of rings. It will be then sent spiraling down into the planet's atmosphere, which will destroy the craft.
Cassini Spacecraft Journey To Grand Finale Dangerous
The journey towards the Cassini Spacecraft's Grand Finale will have tons of dangers like the ring plane. It will have a lot of particles, which will vary from very small grains to very large debris. These particles could collide with the spacecraft and could end it right away, The News Minute reported.
The spacecraft has gone to a path in the gap between Saturn and the rings, which has fewer particles. The only problem is that NASA is not sure how few are these particles.
Cassini Spacecraft Will Be A Successful Mission Ever Undertaken
The end of the spacecraft will be recorded in scientific history as one of the most successful planetary missions ever undertaken by mankind. Imaging Team head Carolyn Porco said in a statement that today's generation has lived a bold and daring adventure around the solar system's most significant planet.
Cassini Spacecraft Transmitted Shocking Images
After surviving Cassini Spacecraft's first dive, it transmitted images to NASA, which impressed the team members for its visible and infrared mapping spectrometer. Kevin Baines said in a statement that they did not expect to get anything nearly as beautiful as the images they received from the spacecraft. It showed images of Saturn's "belly button," little clouds called curlicues, and many more, Space.com reported.
Check out the Cassini Spacecraft's first Dive between Saturn And Its Rings video below: