- Courtesy of the Solar System Ambassadors
Cassini’s Grand Finale: Over half done and more to come. The international Cassini-Huygens spacecraft was launched on October 15, 1997 and had a marathon 13-year 2-billion-mile journey to the distant planet Saturn. The 23-foot tall, 14-foot wide, 6-ton spacecraft is the largest most sophisticated outer planet spacecraft ever built, and is in its 13th year of operation in orbit around the planet Saturn. Today's talk will briefly cover an overview of the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, but will focus on the exciting Grand Finale (the last 22 orbits of the mission where the spacecraft has been flying inside the rings – right over Saturn’s cloud tops). We’ll talk about what has been happening during the first part of the Cassini Grand Finale and some teasers of what is still to come.