Nasa’s Saturn probe to graze past planet’s rings

For the past twelve years, Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has orbited Saturn, taking a number of the most detailed pictures of the superior planet yet captured. Now, it is time for the spacecraft, launched in 1997, to retire -but not before diving through unknown regions and grazing past edges of the planet’s main rings. throughout its journey , Cassini has created numerous dramatic discoveries, including a global ocean within Enceladus and liquid methane seas on Titan. Engineers have been pumping up the spacecraft’s orbit around Saturn this year to extend its…

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