Cassini's Final Orbits
Source: NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Caltech / Erick Sturm
Published: March 24, 2017
This illustration created by Cassini's mission planning team shows the closest approaches - periapses - of the spacecraft during the final two phases of the mission - the Ring-Grazing orbits (November 2016 to April 2017) and the Grand Finale Orbits (April to September 2017).
The mission ends on Sept. 15, 2017 with Cassini's final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere.