The Cassini spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere of Saturn
Launched almost 20 years ago, the mission ended with the loss of the interplanetary station. Scientists hope that in the last moments of their “life” Cassini has sent back data that will reveal the secrets of the atmosphere of Saturn.
The interplanetary probe Cassini, launched from Earth in October 1997 and in 2004 reached Saturn, finished their mission, having burned in the gas giant’s atmosphere, according to NASA.
“Thank you, Cassini, and goodbye,” — said at the ongoing NASA ceremony one of the scientists who worked on the mission.
NASA said that the Earth will receive signals from Cassini for 83 minutes after the death of the spacecraft. After this period, NASA announced that the transfer of signals is interrupted.
Earth received @CassiniSaturn”s final signal at 7:55am ET. Cassini is now part of the planet it studied. Thanks for the science #GrandFinale pic.twitter.com/YfSTeeqbz1
— NASA (@NASA) September 15, 2017
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In April 2017, Cassini was orbiting Saturn since 2004, has started the final part of its research mission, the span between Saturn and its rings, which were not previously done that no machine created by human hands. Then it was assumed that, having made 22 such passage, Cassini will completely exhaust their fuel supply, after which it will be directed into the dense layers of the atmosphere of Saturn.
The Cassini spacecraft was designed and launched by jet propulsion Laboratory — research center of NASA, however, in implementing a multi-year project also involved the European space Agency and the Italian space Agency. Only seventeen countries have contributed to a research mission, and in the processing of data coming from Cassini, involved more than 250 scientists worldwide.
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