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Cassini's Last Bow

Cassini's Last Bow

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, September 15, 2017/Categories: photography, video, space science, art and design, environment, adventure

          The Cassini Spacecraft During the Last Dive Between Saturn and its Rings (credit: JPL)

Cassini's exploration of Saturn has ended. The mission was a collaboration of NASA, the ESA (the European Space Agency), and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, on the campus of CalTech in Pasadena, managed the 20-year mission. Two short videos re-cap this amazing space voyager as Cassini took its last bow and left the stage.

The spacecraft's final moment was recorded by radio-telemetry as the 'spike' in Cassini's signal droped from JPL monitors.

Besides the wealth of discoveries and scientific data remaining to be analyzed, Cassini showed the possiblities of human creativity, technology, and collaboration. Many more examples of such positive efforts are required, especially now.



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