Cassini – level 3

22-09-2017 15:00

The Cassini probe was the first and the only spacecraft to go into orbit around Saturn. It blasted off to space in 1997 and arrived at Saturn, the second largest planet in our solar system, in 2004. Since then, it circulated the planet almost 300 times, vastly improving our understanding of it.

After its 20-year mission, Cassini finally entered the thickening atmosphere of Saturn, plunged and burnt like a meteor. NASA bid its farewell to the probe, saying that everyone was proud of their accomplishments, as everything they had planned and more was executed ‘extremely well’.

Cassini’s mission was one of the most successful missions to space. It witnessed storms and ice particles on the rings of Saturn, and discovered six moons that have been named and more that are yet to be named.

Difficult words: probe (an unmanned spacecraft), blast off (depart; leave Earth), vastly (greatly), plunge (fall down), bid farewell (say goodbye), particles (very tiny pieces of something).

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