By: Michelle Govender | Thu 14 Sep 2017, 15:44
It's time to say goodbye to the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. It's time to reflect back on the historic mission that revealed so much about the unknown.
Remember when we told you about NASA's Cassini-Huygens making its final trip around Saturn? The time has come for us to bid farewell to the Cassini spacecraft as it ends its mission of 13 years (technically 20 years - it took 7 years to reach Saturn) and plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere on Friday 15 September.
Cassini has kept us all in wonder as it’s orbited the ringed planet. With over 20 orbits, the probe has helped discover new information about the planet. Once Cassini plummets to Saturn, if its antenna remains pointed to Earth (and not destroyed) we may be able to receive new data.
In honour of Cassini-Huygens we can all enjoy Mission: Saturn on Sunday 17 September at 17:20 on National Geographic (181) which is the first full documentary following the historic mission which resulted in us seeing the first ever spacecraft to enter Saturn’s orbit.
We’ve rounded up some of the incredible photos from the mission shared on Twitter to be enjoyed below.
Cassini cuts it close
What a view!
Catching a glimpse of Saturn's rings
A truly exciting throwback
The beginning of the end
And some of the team involved in this incredible feat!
Don’t miss the remarkable Mission: Saturn on Sunday 17 September at 17:20 on National Geographic (181).