NASA's Cassini spacecraft runs out of fuel after 13 years of orbiting Saturn

For the last two decades NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been alone in outer space, on a mission to reveal the grandeur of Saturn, it's rings and its moons. It is in a sense an example of the pinnacle of human achievement.

Cassini is nearing her end as she is now running out of fuel asshe is due to land on the planet.

Professor Michael Kosch, Science Research and applications manager at the South African National Space Agency tells 702 host Bongani Bingwa about Cassini's final daring assignment.

Cassini was launched twenty years ago today. It took about seven years to get there and spent the last thirteen years orbiting around Saturn. It is one of the most amazing missions that humans have ever made.

Professor Michael Kosch, Science Research and applications manager at the South African National Space Agency

Cassini is the third largest spacecraft built for exploration and has discovered six new moons around Saturn.

Professor Michael Kosch, Science Research and applications manager at the South African National Space Agency

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