NASA’s Cassini probe which set out to explore Saturn’s system, including its rings and moons, will end its 20-year-long mission on September 15.
The unmanned NASA spacecraft will take one final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, where it will transmit back to Earth the final messages of its historic journey.
The 6.7-metre spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1997. Travelling over 1.2 billion km, it took the probe seven years to reach Saturn in 2004. Since then, it has orbited the giant gas planet over 200 times and has taken more than 450,000 pictures of Saturn and its many moons.