PIA21438: Cassini Over the Top (Illustration)

Cassini Over the Top (Illustration)


This illustration shows Cassini above Saturn's northern hemisphere prior to making one of its Grand Finale dives.

During Cassini's Grand Finale, the spacecraft will make 22 orbits around Saturn that carry the spacecraft over the planet's north before diving between Saturn and its rings. At the conclusion of this final set of daring orbits, the spacecraft will plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.

Background Info:

The Cassini mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn, Saturn Rings
System Saturn
Target Type Ring Planet
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host
Host Type
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Color
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2017-04-04
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA21438
Identifier PIA21438