The End of Cassini Spacecraft Voyage

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On September 15, 2017 the final transmission was received from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft as it made its dive into Saturn. The spacecraft was first launched in 1997, and reached its destination of Saturn in 2004. Since then scientists have been able to truly study Saturn giving them information that they would have never learned otherwise.

It circled the planet and its moons for almost 20 years before ending its voyage and crashing into Saturn’s atmosphere.

This mission gave scientists knowledge of saturn’s rings, atmosphere and allowed closer observations of the orbit and conditions of the planet. It also allowed for close observation of Saturn’s moons. They even found moons that hold common traits to Earth which could unlock answers to what earth use to be like.

One moon that they looked into is named Titan which has volcanoes, frozen water, rain, clouds, and a lot more common traits with Earth.

Other moons helped unlock other scientific advancements such as Enceladus which has a very icy surface and found that there was an ocean underneath which could contain life, which would be a groundbreaking discovery in science.

The voyage of the Cassini spacecraft could be one of the most important space missions, which could change the way we look at life as we know it.

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