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Cassini's 'Grand Finale' at Saturn: NASA's Plan in Pictures

Entering Atmosphere


Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017. On the way down, Cassini will continue to send data, including measurements of the composition of Saturn's upper atmosphere.

The End


When the spacecraft succumbs to the atmosphere, breaking up and unable transmit any more data, it will burn up like a meteor in Saturn's upper atmosphere, NASA officials said.

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