In our final article of the Cassini series, we take a look at The Grand Finale mission – a daring set of manoeuvres through Saturn’s rings that will end in the destruction of the spacecraft this Friday.
On the 15 September 2017, after almost 20 years of unprecedented insight in to Saturn and its satellites, NASA’s unmanned spacecraft, Cassini, will take it’s final flight, crashing in to the surface of Saturn. In this new series, we celebrate Cassini and some of its achievements.
When Cassini was being designed in the 1980s, an innovative plutonium energy source was developed to sustain it’s long journey. A source that would and still does carry considerable ethical considerations.
As part of our Cassini series, we take a closer look at some of the instruments onboard the spacecraft that have enabled us to experience the region around Saturn.