Launched on Oct. 15, 1997, reaching Saturn in June 2004, after two decades in space, the Cassini satellite is making it’s Grand Finale on September 15th by plunging into the planet’s atmosphere. As a sort of retrospective here’s an animation from “In Saturn’s Rings”, a project that uses high resolution images from the Cassini to create videos that portray the journey of the satellite as it orbits the ringed planet and passes near its moons. This video is from 2014 and includes a glimpse of Titan in the lower left at the beginning, then a fly-by of Mimas with a good view of the Herschel Crater followed by a transit of the ring plane, leading into a fly-by of Enceladus, an ice-geyser moon.
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