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NASA Space Place: From 1.4 billion km away, Cassini says goodbye

 

September 15, 2017

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

This image of the hexagonal storm on Saturn's north pole was taken by Cassini in 2013.

By Teagan Wall

On September 15th, the Cassini spacecraft will have its final mission. It will dive into the planet Saturn, gathering information and sending it back to Earth for as long as possible. As it dives, it will burn up in the atmosphere, much like a meteor. Cassini's original mission was supposed to last four years, but it has now been orbiting Saturn for more than 13 years!

The spacecraft has seen and discovered so many things in that time. In 2010, Cassini saw a massive storm in Saturn's northern hemisphere. During this storm, scientists learned that Saturn's atmosphere has wat...



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