NASA to crash spacecraft into Saturn - CNN Video
After 20 years in space, NASA is planning to end the Cassini mission with one more exploration before crashing it into Saturn.
This is admittedly not Old School Sci Fi, but it has the same sense of wonder that attracted so many of us to science fiction.
The Cassini Probe is plunging between Saturn’s rings and the gas giant world’s atmosphere. The robotic spacecraft has explored the Saturnian system for 12 years and is nearly out of fuel. NASA won’t risk an unresponsive space probe that could conceivably contain some surviving Earth microbe one day crashing into Titan or Enceladus, either of which might harbor life. Cassini will eventually burn up in Saturn’s atmosphere.
It may well take centuries for human beings to become established throughout the solar system. But when that time comes, our descendants will look back on our era and marvel at how primitive, turn-of-the-millennium technology was able to conduct the reconnaissance that made colonizing the solar system possible. We are privileged to live in our time.
History will not forget the name Cassini.