Nasa’s Journey to Saturn coming to Nat Geo.
In September, National Geographic will premiere a documentary on NASA’s journey to plunge its biggest spacecraft into the rings of Saturn. Mission Saturn will chronicle the epic mission of the Cassini Spacecraft and its 13-year mission to explore the planet like never before. Make sure to tune in on National Geographic on Friday, 15 September, at 21:00.
National Geographic will premiere Mission Saturn, the first full documentary highlighting the historic mission to put a spacecraft into Saturn’s orbit for the first time, featuring same-day footage as the Cassini mission comes to an epic end on 15 September.
Mission Saturn, which premieres on National Geographic the same day as the mission’s end on Friday, 15 September 2017, at 21h00, will give an incredible first full look at Cassini’s Saturn mission and shine a spotlight on the team that dreamt of exploring the planet deeper than ever before. This mission has taken immense risks and endured almost a decade longer in space than expected, shedding light on alien worlds and the existence of Saturn’s Earth-like moons that contain the key components essential to harbouring life.
The Cassini, the biggest and most complex interplanetary spacecraft NASA has ever built, will make its final orbit and dive into Saturn’s atmosphere, torqueing and resisting the pressure of this gas giant, attempting to survive as it descends into the planet it has studied. With fuel tanks almost empty and the possibility of Cassini containing microbes from Earth, NASA must safely dispose of the spacecraft so that it does not contaminate another world with life from Earth. Cassini will send its final signal back to Earth, bidding farewell as it burns like a meteor to become part of Saturn.
With inside access to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in California, Mission Saturn unveils the engineering of the mammoth spacecraft, Cassini, and its passenger probe, Huygens, that will be deployed to land on Saturn’s largest moon and one of the most Earth-like places in the solar system, Enceladus.
Explore Saturn even further as we learn more about its mysterious rings, its vast collection of moonlets and the composition of the planet. Meet the scientists and engineers who have been devoted to this mission, including the flight design team and pilots who worked tirelessly to extend the initial four-year flagship mission. Capture their emotions as they hear from their spacecraft one last time and reveal Cassini’s last images.