Cassini spacecraft to begin 'grand finale' plunging into Saturn

On April 26, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will begin its 'grand finale' — a voyage that will plunge it into Saturn, ending almost 13 years of providing important scientific information on the giant gas planet.

The spacecraft is making the dive in order to prevent it from crashing into Enceladus, a moon that many scientists believe could hold life beneath its icy crust in a liquid ocean.

Beginning on April 22, Cassini will pass by Titan, Saturn's largest moon, and then dive between the gap separating the planet's marvellous rings from the planet at more than 113,000 km/h.