Watch an Exclusive Clip from Nat Geo's Documentary Special on Cassini, Airing Tonight 9/8C!

Friday, 15 September 2017 - 7:00PM
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Friday, 15 September 2017 - 7:00PM
Watch an Exclusive Clip from Nat Geo's Documentary Special on Cassini, Airing Tonight 9/8C!
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As of this morning, the Cassini spacecraft is no more. Its 20-year-long mission to explore Saturn and its moons, including Titan and Enceladus, is over, but Cassini left behind a huge wealth of knowledge. Among the discoveries made by Cassini are the existence of lakes and rivers on Titan (which are filled with liquid methane, rather then water), as well as "prebiotic chemistry," the necessary chemical building blocks for organic life. In fact, Cassini's fatal plunge into Saturn was made to prevent the spacecraft from potentially infecting Saturn's moons with Earth bacteria, which might upset the extraterrestrial ecology or even wipe out undiscovered life. 

If you want to get the whole story of Cassini, from its launch to its Grand Finale, National Geographic's got your back:

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Tonight, National Geographic will premiere MISSION SATURN, the documentary special highlighting Cassini's mission and its final signal back to Earth. The one-hour special will also shine a spotlight on the NASA team that dreamed to explore the planet deeper than ever before. With inside access to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in California, MISSION SATURN unveils the engineering of the biggest interplanetary spacecraft NASA has ever built - Cassini and its passenger probe Huygens, which will be deployed to land on Saturn's largest moon and one of the most Earth-like places in the solar system, Titan.
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Here's an exclusive clip from the documentary:



Tune in tonight at 9/8C on National Geographic to check out the full documentary!
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