After two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its remarkable journey of exploration. Having expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to Saturn, operators are deliberately plunging Cassini into the planet to ensure Saturn’s moons will remain pristine for future exploration.
Watch live coverage of Cassini’s end of mission on NASA TV beginning at 7 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 15.
Starting at 10.31 pm NZ time tonight
10:31a.m. UTC (3:31 am PDT) – Cassini’s final entry into Saturn’s atmosphere begins
10:32 a.m. UTC (3:32 a.m. PDT) – Spacecraft loss of signal comes one minute later
11:55a.m. UTC (4:55 a.m. PDT) – Predicted final loss of signal on Earth