Here at Mimas Web Services we would like to say a final goodbye to the the Cassini Space probe.
Cassini - A 13 Year Study
She arrived in orbit around Saturn in 2004 and spent the last 13 years studying the ringed planet system. The work carried out was highly productive. Cassini discovered that two of Saturn's moons — the huge Titan and the small, icy Enceladus— may be capable of supporting life. It also spent a great deal of time taking pictures of our name sake, Mimas.
Clearest Pictures Ever
The probe brought back some of the clearest pictures of Saturn, it's rings and orbiting moons but unfortunately its mission had to come to an end.
Whilst it performed perfectly during it's life it's final challenge was to plunge into the surface of Saturn itself. Even in this final death plunge, the probe performed well; lasting for 30 seconds longer than expected.
The data received from the probe will continue to be studied on Earth for many years to come.
Here at Mimas Web Services - we just love the photos!