Cassini’s End

My Top 10 Favorite Memories From the Cassini Mission

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A concept image of what Cassini’s ring crossing orbits would have looked like. https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/resources/7642/ring-crossing-illustration/
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Liftoff! https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/resources/1770/cassini-launch-wide-view/
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The hexagonal polar vortex is pictured left. Pictured right is a closeup of the storm at the center of the hexagon. https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/whycassini/cassini20130429.html
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Saturn’s northern storm. https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/resources/5420/chronicling-saturns-northern-storm-unannotated/
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Pictured on the left is a near-infrared image of sunlight reflecting off of Titan’s seas. Pictured right is Ligeia Mare, the second largest body of liquid methane on the moon. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/cassini-explores-a-methane-sea-on-titan
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Towering vertical structures in Saturn’s rings. https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/resources/5115/the-tallest-peaks/
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Iapetus’s ridge can be see in this stunning image taken by Cassini in 2004. https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/resources/2270/encountering-iapetus/
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The April 2013 image is on the left, with a closeup of a “propeller” on the right. https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/resources/6008/commotion-at-rings-edge-may-be-effect-of-small-icy-object/
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Water vapor plumes are pictured here, as they spray away from the surface of Enceladus. https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/resources/4852/bursting-at-the-seams/
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Pictured on the left is Enceladus as seen by Cassini. On the right is an artists illustration of what the interior of this moon may look like. https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/resources/6006/ocean-inside-saturns-moon-enceladus/
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The Huygens lander captured this series of images during a roughly two-hour-long entry, descent, and landing on Titan.
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A full-size mockup of the Cassini spacecraft is on display at the California Science Center. (Personal Collection)

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