In Photos: Cassini Mission Ends with Epic Dive into Saturn

A View of Saturn's Atmosphere

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Cassini's last photos show the location where the spacecraft would plummet into Saturn's atmosphere. Cassini took this photo of Saturn on Sept. 14, 2017 at 12:46 p.m. PDT (3:45 p.m. EDT; 1946 GMT).

Getting Closer...

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Cassini took this photo of Saturn on Sept. 14, 2017 at 12:54 p.m. PDT (3:54 p.m. EDT; 1954 GMT).

There Goes Cassini!

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Watch the signal from Cassini drop in this view of the Deep Sky Network's monitors during the mission's grand finale.

Cassini Mission Comes to an End

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The Cassini team cheers, hugs and cries after receiving the final signal from Cassini that indicated the mission had come to an end with the spacecraft's disintegration in Saturn's atmosphere.

Final Photo of Titan

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This photo of Saturn’s huge moon Titan was captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017.

Unprocessed Saturn Image

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This unprocessed image of Saturn is among the final photos taken by the Cassini spacecraft as it headed in for its Grand Finale dive.

Final Close-Up of Saturn's Rings

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Cassini took this photo of Saturn and its rings on Sept. 14, 2017.

Farewell, F Ring!

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Cassini took this photo of Saturn's outer F ring on Sept. 14, 2017.

Underside of Saturn

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This image of Saturn and its rings was taken on Sept. 13, 2017 at 7:32 a.m. PDT (1032 a.m. EDT; 1432 GMT).


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Cassini imaged Saturn’s geyser-blasting moon Enceladus on Sept. 13, 2017.

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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.