Cassini Spacecraft has started its journey between Saturn and its rings. The observation of the rings of Saturn marks the end of Cassini’s Saturn Mission planned by NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Italian space agency (ASI). Search engine giant, Google cheered on the spacecraft and the organisation in this last stretch by designing their latest Doodle based on the spacecraft. The Google Doodle captures Cassini and its journey between the rings of Saturn in the most adorable way possible. The Google Doodle is the internet company’s way of cheering on the space mission that is trying to get a better understanding of Saturn and its rings. Exoplanet Discovery: Possibility of Life on 7 new Earth-like exoplanets NASA discovered.
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Cassini has stayed in space for nearly 20 years, and the last leg of its journey includes swooping between the rings of Saturn. The spacecraft will have its first dive on April 26, 2017, according to NASA’s website. The spacecraft has already taken pictures of Earth through the rings of Saturn, and various other data has been accumulated by the devices on the spacecraft. These details will be used to determine the size and density of ring particles of Saturn to help future dives. The Google Doodle celebrating this dive was created by Nate Swinehart. Also Read - 'We're Ready,' NASA Ready to Launch First SpaceX Flight; Take-off Tonight
The Cassini will be completing the last leg of its journey between April and September 2017 and will leap through the rings of Saturn and will also pass near the planet’s moon Titan. NASA has specially designed a toolkit which will help in gaining a practical experience of the dive with the help of the tools. The NASA toolkit allows the users to five into the gap along with Cassini. Scientists are particularly excited to learn more about the gaseous interior of the second largest planet of the solar system. Also Read - UAE's First Astronaut Hazza Sends Stunning Aerial View of Mecca From Space
Here is everything about Cassini’s Grand Finale
Cassini was a joint endeavor between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Italian space agency (ASI) and has been monitoring Saturn since 2004. The space agencies have planned 22 weekly dives for the spacecraft, and the first of these dives will be performed on April 26, 2017. The spacecraft has already made its final close-up of Saturn’s moon Titan on April 21 and images of the planet with its rings and clouds have been transmitted for study.
The space giant, NASA has a dedicated twitter account for this mission which provides all the updates about Cassini’s journey which marks the first trip between the rings of Saturn. The latest feed from NASA shows the satellite approaching the ring of Saturn and is breathtakingly beautiful. The Cassini Spacecraft’s mission will end on September 15, 2017, and the unique mission will finally come to an end marking the first journey between the rings of Saturn.