After a long 7 year voyage in cold, dark, empty space, NASA’s Cassini satellite arrived in the Saturn’s orbit zone in 2004. It was the first spacecraft to orbit the mysterious ringed planet, a symbol for the ultimate teacher according to astrology.
On September 15th, 2017, the Cassini spacecraft burned up in Saturn’s atmosphere after traveling for 20 years in the vastness of space. But not all was lost. In this blog, I will share with you some of the magnificent photos of Saturn that were taken by the spacecraft.
Cassini Saturn Photos
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Cassini Fun Facts
How long did it take for Cassini to get to Saturn?
Lightweight Pioneer 11 and Voyager probes took the direct route, reaching Saturn in just 3 years, but Cassini took 7 years because it was 6 tons with a lot of computing power.
What else did Cassini photograph?
Cassini took photos of Moon, the Asteroid Belt, Jupiter, Saturn, and Saturn’s moons.
Top 5 Saturn Fun Facts
Astronomers still don’t fully understand the origin of Saturn’s rings.
You can see Saturn with your own eyes. If Saturn is in the sky at night, you can head outside and see it. But you can amaze your friends and family by pointing out that bright star in the sky, and let them know they’re looking at Saturn.
There could be microbial life on Saturn’s moons. There is water. We don’t know if there is some form of life as well.
Saturn has 62 moons. Jupiter has 67 discovered moons, but Saturn is a close second with 62 and more could be hidden and therefore discovered later beating Jupiter.
Saturn is the least dense planet in the Solar System. If you throw Saturn into a big ocean (made of water), it will float like a spherical boat.
Image Source: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Space Science Institute, and the University of Arizona