Grand Finale: One of Cassini's Last Dives (Illustration)
This illustration imagines the view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft during one of its final dives between Saturn and its innermost rings, as part of the mission's Grand Finale. Cassini made 22 orbits that swooped between the rings and the planet before ending its mission on Sept. 15, 2017, with a final plunge into Saturn.
The Cassini mission 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 in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington.