Thierry Van Driessche
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The two-story tall Cassini spacecraft is ready to end its long interplanetary voyage and begin a multi-year exploration campaign at that gas giant of a world, Saturn.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Robert Mitchell, Cassini program manager, at a press briefing held today at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.
For Cassini the major action item ahead is putting on the brakes -- set to occur tomorrow at roughly 10:36 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). The spacecraft’s engine firing will slow the probe down so it can be captured by Saturn's gravity. That engine burn lasts approximately 96 minutes
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