On September 15, the Cassini interplanetary probe burned out in the atmosphere of Saturn, completing a 20-year mission. The probe launched from Earth in October 1997, in 2004 it reached Saturn, in orbit, it spent 13 years.
The probe descended into the clouds of Saturn, the last signal from Cassini arrived at 14:55 Moscow time, but it was sent much earlier – the signal went to Earth for about 86 minutes. According to NASA experts, for 13 years the batteries were depleted at the probe, and the decision to immerse it in the atmosphere was made so that its debris would not damage Saturn’s satellites Titan and Enceladus.
NASA has published the latest images of the probe. In total, Cassini took more than 453 thousand photographs, they helped to study the satellites of Saturn – Titan, Iapetus and Enceladus. The probe also sent photos of rings, vortices and auroras.