Cassini’s Historic Saturn Dive Honored By This Google Doodle

Posted: Apr 27 2017, 5:12am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Cassini’s Historic Saturn Dive Honored by This Google Doodle
  • NASA’s Cassini Doodle on Google has a Bittersweet Reality Behind It

It looks like NASA’s Cassini Doodle on Google actually has a bittersweet reality behind it. The spacecraft is doomed and this is something NASA’s technicians have done intentionally.

The Google Doodle shows the Cassini spacecraft undergoing a flyby near Saturn. It is a picture that seems cartoonish and very upbeat in its overall look. Yet a tragedy lies behind it. The Cassini spacecraft is shown happily clicking away to catch as many pictures of Saturn as possible.

This is because the spacecraft is approaching its end. The craft will eventually spiral in a downward trend into Saturn and crash and burn till it is reduced to cinders. This will bring its two decade old mission to an end.

NASA had to destroy the Cassini. Cassini has done a lot in its quest for extraterrestrial life. Earlier onwards, NASA had made the announcement that the Cassini spacecraft had detected molecular hydrogen in the effluvia coming out of Enceladus.

This is a moon of Saturn. This showed that the icy giant had all it took to harbor alien life forms. Yet Enceladus was not the only focal point for the Cassini spacecraft. Its real goal was Saturn.

Especially the beautiful rings of Saturn were the main feature that had inspired the mission in the first place. Cassini has taken a gander at Saturn’s rings in a spectacular manner.

In fact, there is even a stunning picture of our planet as seen through the rings of Saturn. Cassini will be destroyed intentionally by NASA later on in 2017.

Meanwhile, it is busy taking pictures of moons such as Titan. Now it has started on its 22 orbits around Saturn. This is it. Its grand finale has arrived in its full glory. It is a case of waving this spacecraft and its mission one last goodbye.

According to Google, "Cassini is a joint endeavor of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Italian space agency (ASI). The spacecraft began its 2.2 billion–mile journey 20 years ago and has been hanging out with Saturn since 2004. Later this year, Cassini will say goodbye and become part of Saturn when it crashes through the planet’s atmosphere. But first, it has some spectacular sightseeing to do!"

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