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Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge


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Cassini closest approaches

This graphic shows the closest approaches of Cassini's final two orbital phases. Ring-grazing orbits are shown in gray (at left); Grand Finale orbits are shown in blue. The orange line shows the spacecraft's Sept. 2017 final plunge into Saturn.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has made its first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn's rings since beginning its penultimate mission phase on Nov. 30.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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