NASA's Cassini spacecraft faces one last perilous adventure around Saturn. Cassini will shoot the gap between Saturn and its rings, making its first pass through the narrow gap Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Twenty-two crossings are planned, about one a week, until September, when Cassini goes in and never comes out, vaporizing in Saturn's atmosphere. Here's a view of what the craft, launched in 1997, and reaching Saturn in 2004, has shown us. Video produced by David Caraccio photos and video courtesy of NASA
NASA's Cassini spacecraft faces one last perilous adventure around Saturn. Cassini will shoot the gap between Saturn and its rings, making its first pass through the narrow gap Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Twenty-two crossings are planned, about one a week, until September, when Cassini goes in and never comes out, vaporizing in Saturn's atmosphere. Here's a view of what the craft, launched in 1997, and reaching Saturn in 2004, has shown us. Video produced by David Caraccio photos and video courtesy of NASA

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After 13 years at Saturn, Cassini spacecraft is ready for its grand finale

April 26, 2017 5:56 AM

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