Cassini spacecraft formulates for a fiery adieu in Saturn’s atmosphere

The 13 year orbiting around Saturn by Cassini spacecraft is about to end as it will jump into planet’s atmosphere and splinter. NASA manifested the end of the mission as the probe is almost out of fuel.  Cassini has dispensed perfect details about the second largest planet in our solar system.

Cassini project scientist Linda Spilker of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said that the hurricanes at the Saturn’s poles are huge, covering about half the continental United States, 50 times larger than Earth’s hurricane. At the North Pole there are exceptional hexagonal-shaped jet streams. They have been there prior to the advent of Cassini in 2004.

Spilker said that there are jet streams present on Earth but they reform daily. This fact is puzzling as it’s the only place we know of in our solar system that has a long-lived hexagonal jet stream. Spilker’s favorite feature about Saturn is its rings and she says that Cassini has released some unforeseen things about the planet. For example the particles that form the ring clump together.

She said that the rings of the Saturn are fascinating because the clumps have a distinct character. Sometimes it looks as if it’s formed a clump. On other times it looks as it’s in the form of stripes and sometimes the particles are floating freely without causing any structure to form. Though Cassini has revealed many things there are certain facts about that planet that still remain a mystery.

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