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Why NASA's Cassini spacecraft has to die at Saturn
Posted: MinervaDoe @ Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:52 pm

Why NASA's Cassini spacecraft has to die at Saturn
Cassini will soon destroy itself in Saturn's atmosphere, but its dramatic death plunge is all for the good of science.

Cassini is running low on rocket fuel. NASA needs that fuel in order to steer the spacecraft. Cassini can't be left to float unmoored out in space due to the remote possibility it could accidentally crash into Saturn's moons Titan or Enceladus.

The spacecraft is deep into its grand finale phase, which includes daring dives between the planet and its rings and a dip into Saturn's outermost atmosphere.

Cassini has had a great run and it will continue to collect and send back data up until it is destroyed. The spacecraft has given us an intimate view of a very fascinating alien planet.

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