Cassini to end its 13-year Saturn mission in mid-September

Cassini to end its 13-year Saturn mission in mid-September

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has reiterated that Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, will end its thirteen-year mission on 15th of September this year.

Cassini will make its last farewell dive between Saturn’s rings and surface on 15th of September and then burn up into ashes while heading straight into the gaseous giant’s overwhelming atmosphere.

The renowned spacecraft will provide real-time data on Saturn system’s atmosphere until it loses contact with scientists on Earth at 4:54 a.m. PDT or 1154 GMT on that fateful day.

Curt Niebur, program scientist for the project, said, “The mission has been insanely, wildly, beautifully successful, and it's coming to an end in about two weeks.”

By annihilating the Cassini spacecraft, NASA will ensure that any devastating Earth microbes that may still be alive on the space probe won’t contaminate the moons.

During its more than a decade mission, Cassini provided groundbreaking discoveries, including seasonal changes on Saturn, a global ocean on the moon Enceladus, and moon Titan’s close resemblance to a primeval Earth.