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Cassini jumps at Saturn


December 2, 2016:Cassini is a very successful mission of NASA which is orbiting Saturn from 2004. It recorded many important information of Saturn, its rings and satellite. Today Cassini started an unprecedented mission to skim the rings of Saturn before making a final suicide jump in late 2017.


Rings of Saturn
Different rings of Saturn in orders of discovery.

Saturn ring grazing Cassini orbit
Orbit of Cassini around Saturn and it's ring. The yellow orbit shows final grazing motion of the satellite towards Saturn.







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