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This 360° video describes Cassini’s “Grand Finale” and the mission’s accomplishments.

Here’s a more recent 2 minute video released by NASA/JPL on September 8th about the conclusion of the mission.

NASA/JPL Grand Finale Toolkit (timeline, status)
Cassini at Saturn YouTube Channel
Exploration of Saturn (Wikipedia)

Note: Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

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Posts

  • Get Lost in Space! (9/14/2018) - Way back in August, in anticipation of the start of a new school year, I set out to update the pages on this site related to space. Those pages tend to be popular among the teachers and students who use Cosma, and I happen to enjoy updating them, too. It sounded like a short, fun … Continue reading Get Lost in Space!
  • Octopuses from Space! (5/20/2018) - Did you hear the one about the octopuses from space? It sounds like the title of a cheesy sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? But it isn’t, this time, or at least, yet. Instead, it’s actually an oddball theory that’s been put forth in a recently published “scientific” article that’s getting quite a lot of buzz in … Continue reading Octopuses from Space!
  • NASA’s Excellent Adventures (9/13/2017) - NOTE: This post was updated on the morning of September 15th, see new videos below. NASA is always up to something fascinating. There are so many milestones and discoveries, it’s hard to resist featuring them in every post. However, there are a few events that definitely deserve special attention right now. First, August 20th and … Continue reading NASA’s Excellent Adventures
  • Cassini’s Finale (5/1/2017) - The Cassini space probe has got a serious date with Saturn coming up in the Fall on September 15th, but she’s got a very busy schedule between now and then making a series of dives through the space between Saturn and its rings. The first dive of took place last week (Wednesday, April 26th). Here’s … Continue reading Cassini’s Finale

Resources

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General

Portal

Solar System Exploration: Saturn (NASA)
Saturn Portal (Wikipedia)

Dictionary

Saturn : the planet sixth in order from the sun — Webster

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Encyclopedia

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second-largest in the Solar System, after Jupiter. It is a gas giant with an average radius about nine times that of Earth. Although it has only one-eighth the average density of Earth, with its larger volume Saturn is just over 95 times more massive. Saturn is named after the Roman god of agriculture; its astronomical symbol (♄) represents the god’s sickle. — Wikipedia

Saturn (Eric Weisstein’s World of Astronomy, Wolfram Research)
Encyclopædia Britannica

Introduction

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Science

Saturn’s famous hexagon may tower above the clouds (European Space Agency)
A Bizarre Structure Has Been Detected Towering High Above Saturn’s Hexagon (Michelle Starr, Science Alert)
Cassini data reveals hexagonal vortex rising above Saturn’s clouds (Brooks Hays, UPI)

Plateau problem (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Preservation

History

Exploration of Saturn (NASA)

Library

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

Participation

Education

All About Saturn (Space Place, NASA)
Why does Saturn have rings? (Space Place, NASA)
Saturn (Cosmos4Kids)
Saturn’s Moons (Cosmos4Kids)

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Crash Course Astronomy (YouTube)

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ISBNdb

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USA.gov

Expression

Fun

Cassini Grand Finale: Lucky Peanuts (NASA)

Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

Future

Dragonfly (The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)
Dragonfly (Wikipedia)

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Saturn News -- ScienceDaily Saturn News. Learn all about Saturn. Read astronomy articles on Saturn's ring spokes, Saturn's moons, even Titan's sand dunes. Pictures.

  • Saturn's tilt caused by its moons, researchers say
    on January 21, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Scientists have just shown that the influence of Saturn's satellites can explain the tilt of the rotation axis of the gas giant. Their work also predicts that the tilt will increase even further over the next few billion years.

  • Saturn's moon Titan: Largest sea is 1,000-feet...
    on January 21, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Far below the gaseous atmospheric shroud on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, lies Kraken Mare, a sea of liquid methane. Astronomers have estimated that sea to be at least 1,000-feet deep near its center - enough room for a potential robotic submarine to explore.

  • Testing the waters: Analyzing different solid...
    on January 19, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Scientists develop theoretical models to predict the presence of clathrate hydrates outside Earth, shedding light on the evolution of other atmospheres.

  • Where were Jupiter and Saturn born?
    on October 29, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    New work reveals the likely original locations of Saturn and Jupiter. These findings refine our understanding of the forces that determined our Solar System's unusual architecture, including the ejection of an additional planet between Saturn and Uranus, ensuring that only small, rocky planets, like Earth, formed inward of Jupiter.

  • Explaining the formation of a hexagon storm on...
    on October 6, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Researchers create a new 3D model that could explain the formation of a hexagon storm on Saturn -- a hurricane about 20,000 miles in diameter.


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  • A planet called KOI-5Ab orbits in a triple-star...
    on January 12, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Shortly after NASA's Kepler mission began operations back in 2009, it identified what was thought to be a planet about the size of Neptune. Called KOI-5Ab, the planet, which was the second new planet candidate to be found by the mission, was ultimately forgotten as Kepler racked up more and more planet discoveries. By the end of its mission in 2018, Kepler had discovered a whopping 2,394 exoplanets, or planets orbiting stars beyond our sun, and an additional 2,366 exoplanet candidates, […]

  • Reconstructing the solar system's original...
    on January 12, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    As the solar system was developing, the giant planets (Jupiter and Saturn) formed very early, and as they grew, they migrated both closer to and further away from the sun to stay in gravitationally stable orbits.

  • Astronomers measure enormous planet lurking far...
    on January 12, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Scientists aren't usually able to measure the size of gigantic planets, like Jupiter or Saturn, which are far from the stars they orbit. But a UC Riverside-led team has done it.

  • Jupiter and Saturn cheek-to-cheek in rare...
    on December 21, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    The solar system's two biggest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, came within planetary kissing range in Monday's evening sky, an intimacy that will not occur again until 2080.

  • How to get people from Earth to Mars and safely...
    on December 21, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    There are many things humanity must overcome before any return journey to Mars is launched.