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A flashback of Cassini’s epic 13 year journey to Saturn

Cassini, as part of the NASA’s flagship mission to the ringed planet, has entered into the last two week of its designated mission. Cassini’s penultimate timeline will start on September 12 with the famous “kiss good bye” where Titan will finally alter the trajectory of Cassini, and as a result, Cassini will get destroyed inside Saturn’s Atmosphere. Hence, a successful 13-year journey of Cassini will come to an end this month. During this mission, Cassini was able to provide some mind-blowing facts about the ring planet, the environment of the ring and a detailed analysis about its moons.
Cassini’s incredible journey was successful due to efficient information provided by the earlier space probes like the Pioneer 11(1979), Voyager 1 (1980) and Voyager 2(1981) during their mission to Saturn. All these space probes provided many unknown and mind-blowing facts about the ring planet and captured some very detailed images of Saturn. Pioneer 11 is said to be the first space craft to fly to Saturn but it was an extended flight as the main purpose of Pioneer 11 was to get details about the environment of Jupiter and the asteroid belts. But to know more about Saturn a prolonged and consistent journey was needed and hence Cassini was developed so that it could completely focus on the ring planet and its surroundings.
Cassini was launched in 1997, and it entered Saturn’s orbit on July 1, 2004. Also in that year, Huygens probe was also sent to Titan on the Christmas Day. Cassini was sent to Saturn for a four-year mission to explore its atmosphere, magnetosphere, rings as well as understand Titan, the only moon in the Solar system to contain a substantial atmosphere. But the Cassini astonished the scientists at NASA and accepted every challenge with ease and completed a long 13 year Saturn Mission. As Cassini was able to spend more time in Saturn, hence it got some exact details about the changing season and environment of the planet, its ring and its moons.
In August 2009, Cassini was able to see Saturn at Equinox, a unique and special time when the Sun comes directly in line with the rings of the Planet and the only light reaching the rings is the reflected light coming out from Saturn itself. Truly this was an epic moment for Cassini as well as the scientists at NASA. The Cassini mission is termed as a fantastic achievement, and the credit of its success goes to both NASA as well as the European Space agency. So, the time has come to bid farewell to Cassini and cherish about its incredible 13-year journey to Saturn.

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