Cassini impact site – infrared image
This montage of images, made from data obtained by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, shows the location on Saturn where the spacecraft entered Saturn's atmosphere on 15 September 2017.
This view shows Saturn in the thermal infrared, at a wavelength of 5 microns. Here, the instrument is sensing heat coming from Saturn's interior, in red. Clouds in the atmosphere are silhouetted against that inner glow.
The circle marks the approximate location where the spacecraft entered the atmosphere, at 9.4°N, 53°W.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA and the Italian Space Agency.
Last Update: 23 September 2021