Cassini grand finale

Cassini grand finale

Released

12/09/2017 3:00 pm

Copyright

NASA/JPL-Caltech

Description

Illustration of Cassini breaking up in Saturn's atmosphere on 15 September 2017, concluding its 13-year mission exploring the gas giant, its rings and moons.

The safe disposal of the spacecraft in Saturn's atmosphere satisfies planetary protection requirements to avoid possible contamination of any moons of Saturn that could have conditions suitable for life.

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