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

Entering Atmosphere

NASA/JPL-Caltech

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

NASA/JPL-Caltech

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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