NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft: A Journey’s End

[ Music ] NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft:
A Journey’s End Cassini’s journey to Saturn
began in 1997 After a seven-year journey Cassini became the first
spacecraft to orbit Saturn Slowly, people started to
gather around these images which no one had seen. Close up images of flying right
over the tops of the rings, and they were ah,
just goose bumps. That’s a memory I will
never forget. Cassini has been a voyage of
unprecedented discovery Revealing Saturn’s rings atmosphere and moons Cassini has changed
the paradigm of where we might
look for life. You could be a world around
a giant planet and have conditions that
are right for life. In 2005, the Huygens
Probe detached from the Cassini Orbiter And successfully landed on
Titan, Saturn’s largest moon Titan is an exotic world
with lakes and seas of methane and ethane Cassini is an international
collaboration It’s just a
monumental machine. It’s the individual people that all put their pride in
putting this together and building
it right. To protect the pristine
moons of Saturn, Cassini will plunge
into the planet Ending its thirteen-year
tour of Saturn And then, in Cassini’s final
orbit, plunging into Saturn measuring the composition of
Saturn’s atmosphere, sending back science til
the very last second. We’ll continue to
learn from Cassini long after the end
of the mission. On September 15th, its
journey will end. But Cassini’s legacy
is just beginning [ LOGO: NASA
Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute
of Technology ]

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