As the Cassini mission is nearly over, scientists recently announced that the spacecraft will go through several dives to collect more data in the last few months of the mission. And Cassini took its first dive between the planet and its rings on 26th of April. After tis first successful dive, the spacecraft has started sending collected data back as NASA’s Depp Space Network has started acquiring Cassini’s signal on the same day.
Talking about the dives, Jim Green director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA headquarters said, “In the grandest tradition of exploration, NASA”s Cassini spacecraft has once again blazed a trail, showing us new wonders and demonstrating where our curiosity can take us if we dare.”
Cassini was launched way back in 1997 and it arrive at Saturn in 2004. Since then, the spacecraft is revealing interesting fact about the planet and its moons. Following the last close flyby of Titan few days earlier, the spacecraft has started its “Grand Finale” to send more data to the scientists in the coming weeks. In the coming months, the space probe is scheduled to make a total of 22 dives between the rings and the planet. The mission is set to end on September 15th of this year.
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