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Cassini: The Gamechanger
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It's been 20 years since the Cassini-Huygens space probe packed its "cosmic dust analyser" (yep, that's a real instrument) and set off towards the final frontier – to gaze into the solar system's most visually arresting planet. This Friday, its mission will end heroically as it's sent smashing into Saturn like a proton in a particle accelerator.
And it's hard to imagine any programme compiling a more fitting obituary to Cassini than
The Sky at Night
. Here, Chris Lintott and Maggie Aderin-Pocock explore how the plutonium-powered probe showed us methane lakes on Titan, the solar system's second-largest moon, and unveiled mysterious weather systems on Saturn itself.
Chris Lintott and Maggie Aderin-Pocock mark the end of the Cassini space probe's mission by examining how the future of space exploration has been shaped by the craft's discoveries.
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