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Cassini remained in orbit around Saturn, the only spacecraft to ever circle the planet. Three of Saturn's moons - Tethys, above, Enceladus, second left, and Mimas, seen from the Cassini spacecraft. Navigators will also be analyzing this information in the hopes of confirming that Cassini is precisely on track and ready to plunge into Saturn at the designated time, location, and altitude. Some of Saturn's moons are thought to be capable of harboring life. In particular, the spacecraft's ion and neutral mass spectrometer, which will be directly sampling the atmosphere's composition, will potentially offer insights into the giant planet's formation and evolution, according to NASA. "Almost like we've taken a magnifying glass to the planet and the rings". The huge outer "E" ring forms from the icy plumes that spray from the unexpectedly active Enceladus.
With INMS leading, Cassini will pierce Saturn's atmosphere, an area the spacecraft wasn't originally created to explore.
The grand finale everyone is talking about on the internet - no, not "Game of Thrones" - is the final moments of NASA's Cassini satellite orbiting Saturn for one last trip.
"It will fight, it will fight and it will fight", said Earl Maize, Cassini's project manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. A joint mission with the European Space Agency, a single rocket sent Cassini and Huygens on a meandering path through the Solar System.
The spacecraft has completed many moon flybys while observing seasonal changes on Saturn and Titan.
To mark the impending end of the mission, The Planetary Society released a video of its board member, "Star Trek" actor Robert Picardo, performing the "Le Cassini Opera," a humorous, musical farewell to the spacecraft.
JPL officials said they expect to lose contact with the spacecraft at about 4:55 a.m. Friday, one minute after it enters Saturn's atmosphere around 1,190 miles above the planet's cloud tops and its thrusters are no longer able to keep the ship stable. NASA has to abide by planetary protection rules, which state that if a planet has the potential to host life, then NASA must ensure that it is not contaminated. Going through the remaining data will take months and years of study, and the future missions Cassini will nearly inevitably inspire-to Titan, to Enceladus, or to other, undiscovered ocean worlds-will keep the orbiter's work relevant for decades to come.
The Cassini mission has provided some incredibly close-up and striking images of Saturn and its moons, with a camera that was five times the resolution of the one on Voyager (plus a radar to see through Titan's atmosphere).
The last signal and data from Cassini are expected at about 8 a.m. ET.
Italian astronomer Giovanni Cassini discovered four of Saturn moons in the 17th century, although scientists have since identified more than 60.
Even among NASA missions, Cassini really is an overachiever.
The Cassini mission, which arrived at the Saturn system in 2004, has been extended twice and will finally use up the last of its rocket propellant this week. Why is the program ending now after 13 years? Cassini has provided some impossibly great photos of Saturn and its moons over the past decade, and it's gone above and beyond what was originally planned for it.
The craft was launched 20 years ago, and is now running out of fuel.
Some jeered him in anticipation of aid supplies or hoping to catch flights for France to escape the devastation across the island. Reuters/Christophe Ena/Pool France's President Emmanuel Macron comforts residents during his visit to St Martin yesterday.
The drumbeat of news about Russia's role in the election has only helped push relations with the USA to post-Cold War lows. Facebook has turned over the data to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now running the investigation on the hacking.
The the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte release date 2017 is still unknown, we have a good idea of when it will be coming. Starbucks suggests adding a splash of cream and a bit of sugar to evoke the favors of the handcrafted PSL drink.
Nissan says this capability "significantly reduces stress when driving on the highway in flowing and heavy traffic" conditions. Nissan has even, said that they don't like the EV badging that the Leaf is getting since it is after all just a auto .
Houston Superintendent Richard Carranza said 35 of his district's nearly 300 school buildings were flooded or lost power. No decisions have been made on which students will be relocated, and to which schools they will be sent.
With all his first-team players fit and available, Wicky is expected to start with his first-choice starting eleven on Tuesday. Mourinho told a news conference: "I go match by match". "He is very bright and very clam and step by step he will be there".
He was diagnosed with a sprained wrist and underwent further testing Monday. "I have all the confidence (in other backs)". Arians said the team's first-round draft pick, Haason Reddick, was outstanding in his start at inside linebacker.
The new processor will, therefore, be similar to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 and Samsung's Exynos 8895 chipsets. Bernstein, said that Huawei's new chip may be better than the chips for the new iPhone range.
None can imagine, traveling to TRAPPIST - 1 at the speed of light for 40 years and again forty years to get back to earth. Astronomers used Hubble to try and estimate whether there might be water on any of the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets.
China wants to ban gas and diesel cars
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Fed Vice Chair Stepping Down in October
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Woodburn, 17, revives Wales WC bid
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The Life of Jenna Burleigh
Burleigh had just joined the university that week as a junior transfer student from Montgomery County Community College. Philadelphia police said Sunday a body found on property belonging to Hupperterz's relative was identified as Burleigh.
Xiaomi Mi A1 spotted on Geekbench with 4 GB RAM
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