Cassini Says Farewell to Saturn: Most Stunning Photos of All Times

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Cassini took a few photos before its spacecraft was destroyed in Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15.

Nexter gathered the most marvelous photos for you.

Finita, Saturno!

Not everyone knows that the whole for “Cassini” is Cassini–Huygens. The name was chosen after two brilliant astronomers –  Giovanni Domenico Cassini, who discovered Saturn’s ring divisions and four of its satellites, and Christiaan Huygens, who discovered Titan.

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Cassini–Huygens was launched on October 15, 1997, and was demolished 20 years later on September 15, 2017. Spacecraft had been exploring Saturn and its many moons since 2004.

Cassini was the part of the range of serious missions in 2008, 2010, 2017. During its trip to Saturn, Cassini–Huygens has taken over 300.000 shots and was an inspiration for about 3.000 science papers.

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Source: NASA

On September 15, 2017, while Cassini was making the last measurements of Saturn’s biggest moon – Titan’ winter pole – it was destroyed in ringed planet’s atmosphere. Fortunately, the spacecraft was able to save all the data from its investigation and successfully send it to NASA.

Let’s enjoy an outstanding view of the ringed planet:

Saturn in natural color:

Saturn’s moon Rhea:

Saturn’s giant moon Titan:

Saturn’s tiny moon Epimetheus:

Saturn’s moon Enceladus:

Saturn’s moon Mimas:

Saturn’s moon Dione:

Saturn’s moon Hyperion:

Saturn’s moon Iapetus:

Marvelous colors:

Say goodbye to Saturn:

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