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Cassini grand finale

Date: 12 September 2017
Satellite: Cassini
Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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.


Last Update: 15 September 2017

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