NASA has published a new simulation video this week which shows what will happen to the Cassini space probe when it finally reaches Saturn after 20 years in space.
Watch the NASA at Saturn: Cassini’s Grand Finale as it runs out of fuel a spectacular end has been designed for the space probe which will plunge into Saturn as its last mission recording data on the way to the planet surface.
Check out the simulation video below to learn more about the story of the Cassini satellite and how it will come to an end on September 15th, 2017. NASA explains more:
The final chapter in a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery, Cassini’s Grand Finale is in many ways like a brand new mission. Twenty-two times, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will dive through the unexplored space between Saturn and its rings. What we learn from these ultra-close passes over the planet could be some of the most exciting revelations ever returned by the long-lived spacecraft. This animated video tells the story of Cassini’s final, daring assignment and looks back at what the mission has accomplished.
The Cassini mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington.