SoT 262: Cassini’s Grand Finale

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall

00:00:47 NASA’s Cassini probe has been studying Saturn and it’s rings and moons for thirteen years and is now running out of fuel. And as it comes to the end of it’s life, it’s begun a series of risky orbits between the planet and its rings.

00:11:03 A team of researchers mostly from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have successfully created an artificial womb in which premature lambs can be brought to term.

00:17:37 NASA and ESA have produced a joint proposal to explore Jupiter’s icy moon Europa.


This episode contains traces of NASA at Saturn: Cassini’s Grand Finale, a video by NASA explaining the Cassini mission and the end of its mission.

  • Andrew Mitchell

    I just want to provide some further info that may be of interest.

    Cassini was out of radio contact while going between Saturn and the rings because the whole spacecraft was rotated to use the main communications dish as a shield to protect the rest of the spacecraft from collisions with small particles. This will be repeated for every ring transit manoeuvre up until the end.

    Also, regarding Philae, yes, it didn’t stick the landing but, if I recall correctly, it did actually complete 29 out of 30 Science goals during the brief period before it ran out of battery power.

    Keep up the good work team.