Cassini Mission – UPSC Prelims

Cassini Mission:
  • The Cassini-Huygens mission is a collaboration between NASA, ESA (European Space Agency), and the Italian Space Agency.
  • The mission was launched in 1997.
  • The spacecraft arrived in the Saturn system in 2004 and ended its mission in 2017.
  • Significance: Cassini-Huygens was a mission of firsts. First to orbit Saturn. First landing in the outer solar system. Also, first to sample an extra terrestrial ocean.
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