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Cassini: Mission’s End at Saturn

5 Sep 2017, 15:42 UTC
Cassini: Mission’s End at Saturn NASA/JPL

On the 15th of September, 2017, the Cassini spacecraft will plunge into the atmosphere of the planet Saturn, bringing to an end its mission as a dedicated orbiter of this beautiful ringed world, which it has been orbiting now for 13 years. It is both an exciting and very sad occasion. Exciting because we know that the mission has been a resounding success, not only in terms of the scientific advancements it has enabled but also because it has accumulated an enormous legacy dataset, whose analysis will be keeping future generations of scientists occupied for many years to come. Sad because it means saying goodbye to the project itself.

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