Canberra is first to see Cassini crash into Saturn

Artist’s impression of Cassini burning up in Saturn’s upper atmosphere. Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH

The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex will be the first place on Earth to receive the data from Cassini as it crashes into Saturn in a few days. We live half an hour away, and so my 5 year old daughter and I are very excited!

But unfortunately it is closed.

So what to do? Here are a few links to track things online:

I remember when Cassini launched in 1997 and when Huygens landed on Titan in 2005. Space exploration is a long game but I love it. The technology is reliable and the science just mind blowing. It’s amazing considering the spacecraft was built over 20 years ago.

Update: Final captians log post from Carolyn Porco, the one and only Cassini Imaging Team Leader

Written on 13 September 2017

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