Tomorrow, September 15, 2017 at 6:55am Central Time, just shy of twenty years after launching, the space probe, Cassini, will end its mission by crashing into Saturn. Cassini, you might remember from our space probe studies, has made remarkable discoveries during its time visiting Saturn. With the help of the ESA’s hitchhiking probe, Huygens, Cassini discovered lakes of liquid methane (CH4) on Saturn’s moon, Titan, and jets of H2O erupting from its moon, Enceladus. It has opened our imaginations to the possibility of life on Saturn’s moons.
If I remember correctly, our friends, Steele, Adrian and Kaylie were our 6th grade experts on this hard-working, history making space probe. I imagine they will be up early, closely watching the NASA Live Feed tomorrow morning to see their probe’s “Grand Finale” before school. NASA TV Live I expect that this will be an oddly emotional moment for the very serious and rationale scientists that have worked for over three decades on the Cassini/Hyugens mission. Thomas Burk, a JPL engineer that has worked tirelessly on the Cassini mission for decades was quoted this week saying: “It’s been part of my life for so long, this spacecraft, it’s going to be a shock to have this happen,” I wonder.. How will our experts, Steele, Adrian and Kaylie, feel as Cassini is vaporized tomorrow morning in Saturn’s atmosphere?
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IMAGERY