The Titan 4B launch vehicle, carrying the Cassini
The Titan 4B launch vehicle, carrying the Cassini and Huygens space probes, climbs out of a cloud after blasting off launch pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station into space October 15, 1997.Tony Ranze—AFP/Getty Images
The Titan 4B launch vehicle, carrying the Cassini
The camera was pointing toward SATURN, and the image was taken using the BL1 and CL2 filters. This image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the NASA Planetary Data System.
Titan presented this face as the Cassini spacecraft approached for its second very close flyby of the mystery moon in December 2004.
A line of dark vortices charge through Saturn's "Storm Alley" -- a region that has seen intensive storm activity since the Cassini spacecraft began its observations of the planet in early 2004.
This image of the northern polar region of Saturn shows both the aurora and underlying atmosphere, seen at two different wavelengths of infrared light as captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.The aurora image was taken in the near-infrared on Nov. 10, 2006, from a distance of 1,061,000 kilometers (659,000 miles), with a phase angle of 157 degrees and a sub-spacecraft planetocentric latitude of 52 degrees north.
he image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Oct. 25, 2009
Spring Reveals Saturn's Hexagon Jet Stream in 2009
This is a portion of a Cassini radar mapper image obtained by the Cassini spacecraft on its Dec. 21, 2008, flyby of Saturn's moon Titan.
In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.
August 29, 2012NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn's largest moon and sees sunlight scattering through the periphery of Titan's atmosphere and forming a ring of color.
January 4, 2016 Cassini has captured Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across) above the rings and Rhea (949 miles or 1,527 kilometers across) below
August 29, 2016
The Titan 4B launch vehicle, carrying the Cassini and Huygens space probes, climbs out of a cloud after blasting off lau

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Check Out Photos of Saturn Sent From the Cassini Probe

Sep 15, 2017

The Cassini Saturn probe plunged to its destruction this morning just before 8 a.m. ET, when it entered into Saturn’s atmosphere. Its remarkable 20-year mission was full of discovery and cosmic glory, and is the only spacecraft to ever orbit Saturn.

When Cassini left earth on Oct. 15, 1997, astronomers had speculations about the planet. But, the six-ton and $3.25 billion probe was able to confirm and discover the unimaginable. In its approximately 300 orbits around Saturn, it discovered 2 oceans, 3 seas, hundreds of lakes, 12 out of the 62 known moons, and confirmed that the biggest moon, Titan, contains hydrocarbons essential for life.

It burned through 183 main engines but was able to collect more than 453,000 images and travel 4.9 billion miles. The total cost of the mission was $3.9 billion.

The probe transmitted all of its data, including the final images, back to earth. The Grand Finale of Cassini was watched and admired by those on earth as a triumphant end to a 20-year journey filled with discovery.

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