End is nigh for Nasa’s Cassini as it heads for crash landing on Saturn

Collaboration with European space agencies began in 1997 and has provided pictures of the moon, Titan, for scientists.

Cassini prepares to plunge on its self-destruct mission into Saturn’s atmosphere.

Nasa’s Cassini mission to Saturn is entering its final week. On 15 September, it will dive towards the planet and burn up in its atmosphere. Nasa have called it the grand finale.

Cassini is one of the most ambitious space missions. It is a collaboration between Nasa, ESA and the Italian space agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana. The spacecraft, launched on 15 October 1997, took seven years to travel through the solar system to Saturn, which lies about 10 times further from the Sun than Earth.

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NASA’s $3.5 billion plan could keep Yellowstone from ever erupting again

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Yellowstone national park is famous for its hot springs, geysers, and picturesque vistas. However, it’s the supervolcano lurking under Yellowstone that we have to thank for all of that. An eruption in Yellowstone could be a global cataclysm, but NASA has a plan to reduce the risk while also generating power. The plan is not without risks, and the price tag is high. Still, if it keeps us from being wiped out by clouds of hot ash, it might be something to consider.

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NASA is making it easier for you to dig through its research

Ever wanted to sort through NASA’s enormous collection of research results, but didn’t have an easy enough way to go about it? NASA has a solution for you, with a new public web portal that the organization hopes will help make checking through its research results simpler.

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