Cassini probe finally plunged in the rings of Saturn at a speed of 120000 kilometres/hour to say goodbye. But before its glorious end, it help in demystifying so many secrets of the most beautiful planet Saturn.
Some of the milestones:
Launched in 1997, Cassini arrived at an orbit around the planet in 2004. Ended on 15 September 2017. During this time from 2004 to 2017, it took hundreds of thousands pictures. Here are salient achievements:
Distance traveled: 7.9 billion kilometres
Orbits around Saturn: 284
Images sent: 453048
Data compiled: 635 GB
Scientists associated: 5000 from 27 countries
- Discovered 6 out of 60 moons of the planet. Some look like potatoes and others have colourful streaks. Different textures, composition and shapes.
- Discovered Global ocean of salty water beneath ice surface on one of its moons called ENCELADUS. These are pointers towards possibilities of life.
- One season on the planet is of 7 years duration of earth. It entered in winter, spring and summer.
- In one of its moons called Titan , discovered hidden oceans of water and liquid methane.
- Beautiful rings are made of ice. Moons and moonlets interact with rings and feed them with required material to maintain the shape.