Mission Cassini: A final farewell from Saturn

The final image mosaic of Saturn and its rings
Cassini's view of Saturn shortly before the end of the mission: Panoramic view of the ringed planet
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

News from Nov 29, 2017

On 15 September 2017, the controlled crash into Saturn's atmosphere marked the end of the long-time space mission Cassini-Huygens. Two days prior to the termination of the mission, Cassini, once more, was provided with the opportunity to gather data for an overview image and transmit it to Earth. The 42 individual images taken from a distance of around 1 million kilometers by the wide-angle camera on board of Cassini were assembled to form a true-color image mosaic, now published by NASA. The mosaic displays an extraordinarily detailed panorama of the planet and its ring system. Additionally, a number of Saturn's moons can be identified: Prometheus, Pandora, Janus, Epimetheus, Mimas und Enceladus; even better to be detected in the labeled version of the image mosaic.

...a well-deserved farewell from Cassini after a long adventurous journey through the fascinating world of the ringed planet.


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