NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been surveying the Saturn system for 12 years now, in which time it has revealed a lot of information about Saturn and its surroundings, however, its job is about to end, but not before it completes one more task.
NASA is about to take the spacecraft into an about within nearly 5,000 miles of Saturn’s F ring, the border of Saturn’s main ring system.
As you may already know, the F ring is not the only ring in the system, however, it is quite interesting, while relatively thin at just 500 miles across, it has been found to be constantly morphing and sprouting more channels.
And because it is so close to the primary A.B, and C rings, Cassini will also be able to view both the A and B rings from this orbit, as well as some of Saturn’s moons, including Pandora, pan, Daphnis, and Atlas, while investigating never before seen moonlets that are thought to be in an orbit inside of Saturn’s main rings.
From here, Cassini will study the particles and gas molecules that are contained within the rings. It will also observe the small moons that are in orbit around the rings’ edges.
But with this will also mark the end of Cassini’s mission, after completing its studies, Cassini will plunge into its death on September 15th, 2017.
This mission will commence later today, at which point we will be sure to update you. In the meantime, you can read more about it at the source link below.