Another challenge is that Cassini’s two nexuses of control – NASA and the European Space Agency – won’t “see” the event in the dark of night, making the signal all the much dimmer as western telescopes fight twilight.
It’s long been a goal in planetary exploration to send a dedicated probe into the atmosphere of Saturn, and we’re laying the groundwork for future exploration with this first foray.
An artist concept depicting one of NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft. Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft are celebrating 40 years in August and September 2017. Credit: Jet Propulsion Laboratory Humanity’s farthest … Continue reading Voyager spacecraft still reaching for the stars and setting records after 40 years
Running low on fuel, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun the final — and most daring — phase of its epic mission to Saturn. After using a final flyby of the … Continue reading As Cassini Makes 1st ‘Grand Finale’ Dive, More Saturn Mysteries Remain
PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s veteran Cassini mission will officially kick off its farewell tour of the Saturn system on April 22 with a final close encounter of the ringed planet’s … Continue reading Epic Cassini Saturn Mission Begins ‘Grand Finale’ This Month
If you look at a diagram of the Cassini spacecraft, the most obvious feature is the high-gain antenna used for communication with Earth. But it also has a second, critical … Continue reading On Saturn’s moon Enceladus, liquid water may be close to the surface
As Cassini continues its ring-grazing orbits, diving just past the outside of Saturn’s F ring, the outermost discrete ring of the planet, it is tracking several small objects there. The latest … Continue reading NASA’s Cassini Orbiter Spots Two Small Objects in Saturn’s F Ring