The Cassini spacecraft was launched in 1997 and came into Saturn's orbit in 2004. The mission is known for discovering jets of water on Enceladus, Saturn’s sixth largest moon. It’s now 2017 and Cassini is low on fuel, and it will make it’s final mission by descending into Saturn.
NOVA will be giving you a front row seat with, Death Dive Into Saturn, on GPB and GPB Now. Join NASA engineers as they await this exciting yet tense moment to see if all of their efforts will pay off. As Cassini takes its final plunge into the Saturn, it will collect data that may answer some questions about the planet. Diving between the innermost ring and and the top of Saturn’s atmosphere, skimming no less than 2,000 miles above the cloud tops. It’s a big risk but if successful, many wonders of the ringed planet will be revealed.