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This illustration shows NASA’s Cassini spacecraft above Saturn's northern hemisphere prior to one of its 22 grand finale dives. | NASA/JPL-Caltech
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NASA Prepares to Crash Cassini Probe Into Saturn for Mission's ‘Grand Finale'

The spacecraft's last act will be a data-harvesting dive that collects the most detailed observations ever obtained of Saturn's atmosphere and ring material.

Published On 04/05/2017
12:50 PM EDT
This artist’s illustration shows NASA’s Cassini probe plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017. The spacecraft will work to keep its antenna pointed at Earth while it sends its final data, including the composition of Saturn's upper atmosphere. | NASA/JPL-Caltech