"Good bye, Cassini! Thank you for making me excited! "
Go to 9 / 15 (Friday) for about 20 years' duties ★ Let's see Saturn!
A spacecraft "Cassini" that brought us a great deal of knowledge about Saturn and its satellites will end the mission by entering the atmosphere of 9 / 15 (Friday) in the northern part of Saturn and falling apart .
In 10 year 10 month Cassini was launched from Florida in the USA and arrived on Saturn in 2004 year 6 month.
In fact, it brought various observation data to the earth for about 20 year, including the way to Saturn.
There is no doubt about it ... For example, observation of Enceladus suggesting the possibility of extraterrestrial life, a strange hexagonal jet air current found near the Saturn Arctic, a methane lake and mountain range There was a great new discovery, such as the Titan's satellite picture showing the photo.
such cassini will finally get into the atmosphere of the northern part of saturn and go to the last duty to get data until the end and fall apart.
(this is a judgment taking into consideration the possibility that cassini collapsed with the satellite which has become out of control due to running out of fuel and affects the environment of the satellite considerably)
Saturn with Cassini, from the planet properly, now also from Japan. Around the 20:30 of the night, in the southwest sky line up with the first star Antares of Scorpio.
Of course, even with the world's largest telescope, I can not see the Cassini itself.
But, if this weekend's sunny night came over Saturn, "Oh, over the imagination that a spacecraft traveling in space in 20 years is over there and decorating the finale" You may be able to see it.
Goodbye, Cassini! Thank you for everything! !