The Last Photo Cassini Took Was Its Forever Home on Saturn

For those who’ve followed NASA’s Cassini mission these past 20 years, it’s still a bit hard to believe it’s gone. On Friday, September 15th, the spacecraft plunged itself into Saturn’s atmosphere, becoming part of the planet it had studied tirelessly for 13 years. While Cassini’s mission is over, there’s plenty of…

Cassini Stared Into Saturn's Polar Abyss, and It's Creepy As Hell

As Cassini’s tour of Saturn comes to a close, NASA’s getting a bit nostalgic. Yesterday, the space agency released a photo of Saturn’s North pole the doomed spacecraft took on April 26th—the day it started its Grand Finale. It’s almost poetic to have a photo of Cassini staring into the void before it perishes within…

Cassini's 'Inside Out' Movie From Within Saturn's Rings Will Make You Emotional

On September 15th, Cassini’s 20-year-long exploration of the Saturnian system will finally—regrettably—come to an end. But even in its final act, the spacecraft has been sending back some of the most detailed images it’s ever taken. In one of its recent dives into the gap between Saturn and its rings, the spacecraft…

Cassini's First Grand Finale Images Are Stunning—But What Are We Really Looking At?

It was 11:56 pm Wednesday night when a Deep Space Network receiver picked up a signal from NASA’s Cassini orbiter as it emerged from its first trip through the gap between Saturn and the gas giant’s rings. In the ensuing data came pictures of the planet’s north pole and cloud tops from only 1,800 miles (3000…