INTERVIEW: The Greeks who participated in the #Cassini spacecraft mission
On September 15 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of #exploration with an intentional plunge into #Saturn’s atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space. Among the #researchers, who have been involved in analyzing the valuable data provided by Cassini, are several #Greek scientists.
The Greek scientists participated in various stages of the #mission. Some of them are already in USA, where they are invited to attend the NASA’s JPL in #Pasadena, #California, to see the endof the Cassini mission, such as Mr Krimigis and Ms Coustenis.
Launched in 1997, Cassini arrived in orbit around Saturn in 2004 on a mission to study the giant #planet, its #rings, #moons and #magnetosphere. In April of this year, Cassini began the final phase of its mission, called its Grand Finale, a daring series of 22 weekly dives between the planet and its rings. On Sept. 15, Cassini will plunge into Saturn, sending new and unique science about the planet’s upper atmosphere to the very end. After losing contact with Earth, the #spacecraft will burn up like a meteor. This is the first time a spacecraft has explored this unique region of Saturn, a dramatic caonclusion to a mission that has revealed so much about the ringed planet.
Ellines.com contacted the Greek scientists who participated and they shared with us their thoughts on the Grand Finale of the Cassini mission.
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