Close Orbits: Cassini Grand Finale (Artist’s Concept)

Illustration showing orbit closeness to Saturn.
November 21, 2016
CreditNASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Caltech
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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.