Cassini in the news

As the Saturn bound Cassini mission enters the final months of the Equinox mission, a two year extension to its initial four year primary mission, a piece has been written about the Solstice mission, which will last seven years and take up the remaining fifth or so of the fuel. This mission is designated to end on the fifteenth of September 2017, with the probe falling into Saturn’s atmosphere after a final twenty two runs around it. The team behind Cassini have been painstakingly constructing a set of orbital trajectories that will enable as much of the requested science as possible to be done with the fuel limitations they have. Fortunately, the probe itself is still in good working order, which helps with these things.

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