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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

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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

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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)

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Exploration of Saturn (NASA)

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

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Crash Course Astronomy (YouTube)

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Cassini Grand Finale: Lucky Peanuts (NASA)

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OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

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

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