Incredible Finale: Nasa's Cassini Reduces To Ashes In Space Over Saturn!

Cassini has begun transmitting the final images of its mission revealing a last look at Saturn and its rings before the spacecraft plunges into the planet's atmosphere. This image was captured on September 13

Cassini has begun transmitting the final images of its mission revealing a last look at Saturn and its rings before the spacecraft plunges into the planet's atmosphere. This image was captured on September 13

NASA's United States dollars 3.9 billion Cassini spacecraft today ended its 20-year-long groundbreaking journey with a fiery plunge into the Saturn's crushing atmosphere, beaming back never-before-seen images of the ringed planet and its mysterious moons until the last moment. But there are proposals to go back, submitted under NASA's New Frontiers program. Cassini also helped researchers figure out that Enceladus likely has an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy surface.

Cassini made its last closest approach to Titan on September 11 at 12:04 pm PDT, at an altitude of 73,974 miles (119,049 kilometers) above the moon's surface, causing the spacecraft to slingshot into its final approach to Saturn-but not before it would send its final images from Titan to Earth. California Institute of Technology operated by NASA saw more people congregated to celebrate the day. Once the spacecraft ran out of fuel, NASA would not risk letting it remain aloft, where it might be knocked into Titan or Enceladus.

For example, the spacecraft is responsible for helping us see the lakes and rivers of methane below the moon Titan's hazy atmosphere.

"It's a bittersweet, but fond, farewell to a mission that leaves behind an incredible wealth of discoveries that have changed our view of Saturn and our solar system, and will continue to shape future missions and research", said Michael Watkins, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, which manages the Cassini mission for the agency. "In 2004, we never dreamt we'd be here in 2017 still talking about Cassini and collecting science data", he said.

Head of spacecraft operations Julie Webster called "loss of signal", followed by Project Manager Earl Maize announcing "end of mission" as the spacecraft began to break up in Saturn's atmosphere. The mission already had achieved great success, and despite the chance of pounding Cassini with ring debris, flight controllers directed the spacecraft into the narrow gap between the rings and Saturn's cloud tops. En route, it has made multiple close approaches to the planet itself, travelling within the innermost of its rings, and sending back detailed images of the atmosphere.

During many flybys, Cassini monitored the dynamic Titan using its camera suite and an instrument called VIMS, a Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer, to clarify the makeup of Saturn, its rings, and moons.

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Late a year ago, the Cassini spacecraft executed a daring set of ring-grazing orbits.

After 20 years, a NASA spacecraft's mission to Saturn is over. That way, Cassini could collect detailed data about the atmosphere and then send it back to researchers as quickly as possible. It was a billion miles aways when it crashed on Saturn, a gas giant 764 times larger than Earth by volume. That's because of the distance between Saturn and Earth, which spans almost a billion miles.

Image gallery captured by Cassini during its space journey. The only difference was a clock displayed above one of the room's main monitors, counting down the minutes until the signal from the spacecraft was lost.

Cassini is dead; long live Cassini.

In the short term, the data that Cassini's eight instruments collected as it plunged into Saturn will give scientists insights into the planet's formation and evolution.

It's over. After 13 years hovering around Saturn, the Cassini mission has ended.

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