Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of
ultra-close passes through Saturn’s upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet.

Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn

The end is nigh for Cassini, but all is not for naught. Cassini will be making measurements so close to the atmosphere of Saturn that this data can be
used for future missions to penetrate and perhaps travel through the clouds on multiple passes.

“As it makes these five dips into Saturn, followed by its final plunge, Cassini will become the first Saturn atmospheric probe,” said Linda
Spilker, Cassini project scientist at JPL. “It’s long been a goal in planetary exploration to send a dedicated probe into the atmosphere of Saturn,
and we’re laying the groundwork for future exploration with this first foray.”

Stay tuned folks, the data from this final set of passes, IMO, could usurp the data collected so far on this majestic and mysterious world.

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