Today is a historic day in astro science:
NASA is crashing its $4 billion Cassini spacecraft into Saturn.
Instead of being left in orbit, and possibly crashing into one of Saturn’s moons, contaminating any life(!) that might be there, NASA has chosen this spectacular suicidal dive into Saturn’s atmosphere. After more than four years beyond its expected life time the spacecraft has no fuel left to adjust its course any longer.
At around 14 o’clock MET the Cassini spacecraft, which spent 20 years in space and has sent us amazing views of the Saturn system, will dive into Saturn’s atmosphere, sending final data for as long as possible before burning up like a meteor.
A great bittersweet end!
You can follow the countdown via a great specifically dedicated NASA site: https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/
All Images by NASA.
This is my own 2016 artwork, TRANSITUS:
By depicting Saturn’s rings it evokes a physical and mental passover into other dimensions.
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