Solstice Mission Orbits (2010-2017): Cassini Grand Finale (Artist’s Concept)

Animated view of spacecraft orbits
November 30, 2016
CreditNASA/JPL-Caltech/Erick Sturm
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In this animated view created by Cassini's mission planning team, blue represents the Solstice mission orbits that began in 2010.

Yellow represents the 20 Ring-Grazing (F ring) Orbits, the penultimate science phase of the mission.

Orange represents the 22 Grand Finale orbits - Cassini's final exciting science phase.

For a look at all Cassini's orbit, see the 'Ball of Yarn' animation.