That Friday, after a nearly 20-years-long journey through space, Cassini will controlled plunge into the upper atmosphere of the gas planet Saturn and burn up like a meteor. So, on September 15, 2017 the successful space mission Cassini-Huygens will come to an end.
Overview of the final week:
Sep 09, 2017 • Cassini completed the last of 22 spectacular flight maneuvers through the narrow gap between the planet and the innermost of Saturn's rings.
Sep 11, 2017 • The spacecraft will slow down and steered onto a collision course with the gas giant by the current flyby of Saturn's largest moon Titan
Sep 14, 2017 • Cassini's imaging cameras sending its final pictures from the Saturnian system to Earth.
Sep 15, 2017 09:22 (CEST) • The "final plunge" begins.
Sep 15, 2017 12:31 (CEST) • Cassini enters Saturn's atmosphere.
Sep 15, 2017 12:32 (CEST) • Cassini transmits final data; moments later the spacecraft will break up like a meteor.
Sep 15, 2017 approx. 13:55 (CEST) • Cassini’s final signals reaching the Earth.
Via web streaming you can witness the “End of Mission”: a live commentary from JPL Mission Control will be available on the NASA TV Media Channel
(1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Image Credit: NASA