Close Orbits: Cassini Grand Finale (Artist's Concept)
Source: NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Caltech
Published: November 21, 2016
This graphic shows the closest approaches, or periapses, of Cassini's final two orbital phases.The Ring-Grazing orbits are shown in gray; Grand Finale orbits are shown in blue. The orange line shows the spacecraft's final plunge into Saturn.