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NASA’s Cassini Mission Prepares for ‘Grand Finale’ at Saturn

NASA’s Cassini Mission Prepares for ‘Grand Finale’ at Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story. On Wednesday, April 26, the spacecraft will make the first in a series of dives through the 1,500-mile-wide (2,400-kilometer) gap between Saturn and its rings as part of the mission’s grand finale. “No spacecraft has […]

NASA Saturn Mission Prepares for ‘Ring-Grazing Orbits’

NASA Saturn Mission Prepares for ‘Ring-Grazing Orbits’

First Phase in Dramatic Endgame for Long-Lived Cassini Spacecraft A thrilling ride is about to begin for NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Engineers have been pumping up the spacecraft’s orbit around Saturn this year to increase its tilt with respect to the planet’s equator and rings. And on Nov. 30, following a gravitational nudge from Saturn’s moon […]