Jun 7, 2011
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Cassini space mission

This video by Chris Abbas features footage captured by the Cassini spacecraft, which was launched in 1995 by NASA to explore Saturn and its moons. Cassini couldn’t get there on its own (too far away), so it had to improvise — by hitching a ride on Venus.

How did the plucky little spacecraft do this? It cleverly jumped into Venus’ orbit, then circled the planet two times until it built up enough speed to sail across the stars toward Saturn. When Cassini finally reached its destination in 2004, it fired up its own rockets to maneuver around the neighborhood.

Ever since then, little Cassini has been jetting around, exploring its heart out and dutifully reporting all of its findings back to Earth. How cool is that?  

Via Milk and Cookies / Chris Abbas

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