US spacecraft to take slingshot dive inside Saturn's rings

Mandy Carr
April 28, 2017

In 2004, NASA, in a partnership with the European Space Agency and Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (the Italian Space Agency) launched their space probe Cassini to explore the Saturn System.

For the first time, RADAR will attempt to measure the depths of Titan's smaller lakes.

Early Saturday, Cassini will swing past Saturn's mega moon Titan.

The image will be the last time that Earth is viewed from Saturn, with Cassini now embarking on its final stages of its mission which will se the ship plunge to its death.

NASA's highly successful Saturn-exploring spacecraft, Cassini, will be making one more flyby of the moon Titan before the end of its mission.

Perhaps most importantly, Cassini will use Titan's gravity as a "pivot point" to alter the spacecraft's orbit and aim directly through the narrow space between Saturn and its inner rights where no spacecraft has explored before. As per the NASA while taking this snap the craft's lens was towards the southern Atlantic Ocean.

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Several of Saturn's moons have also exhibited similar signs to those of the moons of Jupiter indicating the presence of water. It's actually a relatively small planet, and humans - we're much smaller.

"We still have a long way to go in our understanding", said Seewald, who was not involved in the study. "We, humankind, have been at Saturn for 13 years".

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected hydrogen molecules in the geysers shooting off the moon Enceladus, possibly the result of deep-sea chemical reactions between water and rock that could spark microbial life, scientists announced Thursday.

"We're also going to get a better idea of the interior structure because we'll be getting closer to Saturn than we've ever been", Cable said.

Using Titan's gravity to give it an extra push, Cassini will end its nearly twenty-year mission with a series of dips. She is an active blogger and erstwhile facilitator of science and engineering programs for children.

The answers to those questions, in turn, could help scientists understand how gas giants like Saturn form and evolve and how the other planets in our solar system came to be, Fuller said.

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