NASA at Saturn: Cassini's Grand Finale

After two decades in space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its remarkable journey of exploration.

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On Sept. 15, 2017, the spacecraft will make its final approach to the giant planet Saturn. This time, Cassini will dive into the planet's atmosphere, sending science data for as long as its small thrusters can keep the spacecraft's antenna pointed at Earth. Soon after, Cassini will burn up and disintegrate like a meteor.

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To its very end, Cassini is a mission of thrilling exploration. Launched on Oct. 15, 1997, the mission entered orbit around Saturn on June 30, 2004 (PDT), carrying the European Huygens probe.



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