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Cassini Crosses the Final Frontier: A Visual Anthology

Sep 10, 2017 | 13:09 GMT
In an image sent from NASA's Cassini spacecraft July 19, 2013, the planet Saturn is backlit by the sun.

In an image sent from NASA's Cassini spacecraft July 19, 2013, the planet Saturn is backlit by the sun. After 20 years in space and several months of ducking between Saturn and its rings, Cassini will cross the final frontier and end its mission by diving straight into the ringed planet's atmosphere.

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Getty Images)

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has transmitted thousands of images back to Earth while chronicling its voyage through the solar system and into Saturn's orbit. But its 20-year mission is nearing its end. The spacecraft will plunge into the ringed planet's atmosphere Sept. 15, sending data for as long as it can...

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