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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)
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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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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.

  • A new way to create Saturn's radiation belts
    on November 29, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Scientists have discovered a new method to explain how radiation belts are formed around the planet Saturn. […]

  • Odd bodies, rapid spins keep cosmic rings close
    on November 19, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Forget those shepherding moons. Gravity and the odd shapes of asteroid Chariklo and dwarf planet Haumea -- small objects deep in our solar system -- can be credited for forming and maintaining their own rings, according new research. […]

  • Surprising chemical complexity of Saturn's rings...
    on October 4, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    A new study based on data from the final orbits last year of NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the rings of Saturn -- some of the most visually stupendous objects in the universe -- are far more chemically complicated than previously was understood. […]

  • Saturn's famous hexagon may tower above the clouds
    on September 5, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    The long-lived international Cassini mission has revealed a surprising feature emerging at Saturn's northern pole as it nears summertime: a warming, high-altitude vortex with a hexagonal shape, akin to the famous hexagon seen deeper down in Saturn's clouds. […]

  • New family photos of Mars and Saturn from Hubble
    on July 26, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    In summer 2018 the planets Mars and Saturn are, one after the other, in opposition to Earth. During this event the planets are relatively close to Earth, allowing astronomers to observe them in greater detail. Hubble took advantage of this preferred configuration and imaged both planets to continue its long-standing observation of the outer planets in the solar system. […]


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  • The epoch of planet formation, times twenty
    on December 12, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Astronomers have cataloged nearly 4,000 exoplanets in orbit around distant stars. Though the discovery of these newfound worlds has taught us much, there is still a great deal we do not know about the birth of planets and the precise cosmic recipes that spawn the wide array of planetary bodies we have already uncovered, including so-called hot Jupiters, massive rocky worlds, icy dwarf planets, and—hopefully someday soon—distant analogs of Earth. […]

  • Australia is still listening to Voyager 2 as NASA...
    on December 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    NASA has confirmed that Voyager 2 has joined its twin to become only the second spacecraft to enter interstellar space – where the sun's flow of material and magnetic field no longer affect its surroundings. The slightly faster Voyager 1 entered interstellar space in August 2012. […]

  • NASA's Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space
    on December 10, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun. […]

  • Image: Dione and Rhea appear as one
    on December 10, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Sometimes it's all about perspective. This very convincing image of a conjoined moon masquerading as a snowman is actually two separate Saturnian moons – Dione and Rhea – taken from such an angle by the international Cassini spacecraft that they appear as one. […]

  • Helium exoplanet inflated like a balloon,...
    on December 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Astronomers have discovered a distant planet with an abundance of helium in its atmosphere, which has swollen to resemble an inflated balloon. […]