In Photos: Cassini Mission Ends with Epic Dive into Saturn


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This view of Saturn's moon Enceladus was captured on Sept. 13, 2017 at 8:40 a.m. PDT (11:40 EDT; 1540 GMT).


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Cassini captured this raw image of Saturn's moon Titan on Sept. 12, 2017 at 2:51 a.m. PDT (5:51 a.m. EDT; 0951 GMT). [Full Story: Cassini Headed for Saturn Plunge After Titan 'Goodbye Kiss']

Saturn’s Rings

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Cassini captured this view of Saturn’s rings on Sept. 13, 2017.

Saturn’s Rings Again

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Another image of Saturn’s rings taken by Cassini on Sept. 13, 2017.

Cassini’s Final Image: Color Version

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A color version of Cassini’s final visible-light photo, created using images taken with red, green and blue spectral filters.

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Hanneke Weitering
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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.