Aerospace, Cassini spacecraft ready for a great ending to 20-year long activity
On 15 October 1997, the Cassini spacecraft was launched into orbit from the spaceport of Cape Canaveral, United States. This started the long space journey that led to historical discoveries about planet Saturn and its satellite system, as well as planet Jupiter.
After 2 decades of successes, on 15 September 2017, this historical mission resulting from the collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) will complete its operational phase with a “plunge” into Saturn’s rings. To celebrate this memorable event, the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) has organized or has taken part in the organization of a number of public initiatives in Italy.
The Bologna Research Area, INAF and the National Research Council-CNR have organized some shows at the planetary with virtual journeys to Saturn, an exhibition with interactive stations, labs for children and a conference. Further information is available here.
Rome will host a great national event organized by ASI, with a long live streaming starting at 12 on AsiTv.
The International Centre for Astronomic Sciences of Isnello, Sicily, will show a movie on Cassini’s great ending at the planetarium, followed by a conference and astronomical observations.
The celebrations will continue in Milano with a meeting for children on 24 September 2017 at Feltrinelli Libri e Musica bookshop with the event called Astrokids - Alla scoperta degli anelli di Saturno.