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Uploaded on May 17, 2010
Cassini's final orbit around Saturn, September 2017. By this time Cassini will have exhausted its fuel for maneuvering, and the mission operators have chosen to send it toward a fiery descent in Saturn's atmosphere rather than risking an uncontrolled impact with a Titan or Enceladus. The final orbit has Cassini on a dramatic path that crosses the ring plane at a point inside the innermost ring. The dark stripes visible on Saturn are the shadows cast by the rings.
Credits: Cassini model by Reed Porter. SPICE trajectory add-on from Jason Perry.