Death Dive to Saturn

About the Show

Almost everything we know today about the beautiful giant ringed planet Saturn comes from Cassini, the NASA mission that launched in 1997 and arrived in 2004. Since then, the space probe has been beaming home miraculous images and scientific data, revealing countless wonders about the planet, its rings and 62 moons - including some that could sustain life. As the mission approaches its final days in 2017, Cassini attempts one last set of daring manoeuvres - diving between the innermost ring and the top of Saturn’s atmosphere. Aiming to skim less than 2000 miles above the cloud tops, no spacecraft has ever gone so close to Saturn, and hopes are high for incredible observations that could solve major mysteries about the planet’s core. But such a daring manoeuvre comes with many risks...