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NASA Probe Cassini Enters Last Weeks as Historic Saturn Mission Comes to an End

On Sept. 15, Cassini will complete its “Grand Finale” maneuvers and crash into Saturn's atmosphere, transmitting data back to Earth until it breaks apart.

September 5, 2017
7:45 AM EDT
A final tally of some notable numbers from Cassini’s long mission. | NASA/JPL-Caltech
This image shows Cassini’s last two Grand Finale orbits, followed by a distant flyby of Titan that pushes the spacecraft into Saturn (final half orbit, in orange). | NASA/JPL-Caltech
Cassini project scientist Linda Spilker made this compilation of previously released views of the targets of Cassini’s final images. | NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI