Saturn's strangest sights, as captured by a doomed spacecraft

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Due to the travel time for radio signals from Saturn, which changes as both Earth and the ringed planet travel around the Sun, events now take place there 83 minutes before they are observed on Earth.

The Royal Mail (UK) issued in 2012 a postage stamp that featured a Cassini image of Saturn and its rings. That's because scientists have been able to "pursue questions that we never thought Cassini would have the opportunity to answer", he said. There are some huge gaps in the rings where the atmosphere is silent and less dusty. By the early morning hours Friday, it was expected to enter its atmosphere and disintegrate.

Both Titan and Enceladus are now considered two of the best places to search for alien life in the Solar System, and the reason why NASA chose to ensure that the spacecraft will, in its final act, be programmed to take a trajectory that will ensure it burns up in Saturn's upper atmosphere.

By 3:30 a.m., Cassini will be gone.

"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.

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Saturn is something of a solar system unto itself (minus the requisite sun).

Asked where in space she would next like to send a spacecraft, Spilker said she would send another craft back to the Saturn system, replete with the considerably more sophisticated technology available today than scientists had when building Cassini and Huygens in the 1980s. It's information that will be studied and analyzed by scientists long after the end of Cassini.

NASA released a statement in honor of Cassini's last flyby of Titan, the giant moon of Saturn, which took place on September 11.

Cassini also dispatched the Huygens lander to Titan, Saturn's largest moon, where it discovered a vast underground ocean, and liquid methane on its surface that undergoes a cycle similar to that of water on Earth.

"Cassini is ending its 13-year tour of the Saturn system with an intentional plunge into the planet to ensure Saturn's moons - in particular Enceladus, with its subsurface ocean and signs of hydrothermal activity - remain pristine for future exploration", NASA said in a statement.

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Cassini's mission will end because the aircraft is running low on fuel. "This storm is the largest, most intense storm observed on Saturn by NASA's Voyager or Cassini spacecraft", NASA said.

"The mission has been insanely, wildly, beautifully successful", Curt Niebur, Cassini program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, gushed during a recent media teleconference.

On September 9, 2017, Cassini began its final orbit around Saturn as its mission team started to gather in Pasadena, California, for a final science meeting.

In the end, Cassini will have witnessed half of a Saturn year. One way scientists explain Saturn's weird infrared glow is through something called "ring rain", where water and ice particles from the rings flow back into the planet and alter its atmosphere composition. During the spring equinox, Cassini could capture the way the sunlight hit Saturn's rings edge-on, allowing researchers to measure the summits of mountains they saw rising from the rings. The 22ft long spacecraft, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 1997, took seven years to reach Saturn after a journey of two billion miles that involved fleeting visits to Venus, Earth and Jupiter.

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