On April 12, the space agency NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has taken the very rare image of Saturn moon ‘Atlas’. It’s humped mid and wide equatorial crest make it look like a flying saucer.
NASA said that these images are the closest ever taken of Atlas. This will surely help us to predict its shape and geology. This time the vehicle has taken very close flyby of about 7,000 miles (11,000 KM) distance.
This space vehicle had sent thousands of images which had helped scientist to learn more about the space. If we recall, five weeks ago it has sent beaming home images of the giant space ravioli.
This is not really the end its probe. During a 13 year of time span in the Saturn system, it has revealed weird and most wonderful images. For Example, It has taken the rarest images of Iapetus. They almost look similar to walnut and Mimas.
This spacecraft has also searched geysers of water ice. It has revealed the organic compound and the material which blasts from South Polar Region of the Enceladus satellite. This has supported the fact, an ocean of liquid water under the moon’s icy crust. This is a solid proof of that human life may exist beyond our planet as well.
A few days back NASA has announced the last journey of this spacecraft. They decided to kill this $3.26 billion spacecraft. NASA has launched this mission in 1997 in alliance with Italian space agency.
NASA said that it is running on very low fuel and was in the Saturn orbit since 2004. Now they want to get deeper inside the planet. They want to send it into the inner rings. The data received from such close flyby will help them to understand how this planetary system is formed.
On April 22 it will take the last flyby of the Titan which they call it ‘Grand Finale’.
During the last phase of the journey, it is said that this will give the very rare data related to this planet. This will make such a close flyby that no vehicle has ever made the close journey.
On 26th April, the Cassini will take first pass through the 1,500 miles wide (2,400 KM) between its rings and the Saturn. The space agency said that no other spacecraft had traveled so boldly. It will cross this rare region 22 times in its grand finale.