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Volume 1 Issue 9, September 2017

Volume 1 Issue 9

The Cassini mission has revolutionized our understanding of the Saturn system. This pencil illustration depicts Cassini diving towards Saturn—for one of the last times—as part of the Grand Finale mission. The Cassini mission will end its 20-year odyssey of exploration by plunging into Saturn's atmosphere on September 15th, 2017.

Image: James Tuttle Keane, California Institute of Technology


  • Editorial |

    Cassini has been a pinnacle of our quest for the understanding of the space around us. Its end symbolically marks the beginning of a period of relative dearth for Solar System exploration, but planetary science won’t stop thriving.

News & Views

  • Meeting Report |

    The European Astronomical Society awarded its most prestigious prizes during the annual European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, held in Prague from 26–30 June 2017.

    • Georges Meylan

Mission Control

  • Mission Control |

    The NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini–Huygens mission ends in a ‘Grand Finale’ this month, after 13 years in orbit around Saturn. The ESA and NASA JPL project scientists Nicolas Altobelli, Linda J. Spilker and Scott G. Edgington give an overview of the last moments of Cassini’s operational lifetime.

    • Nicolas Altobelli
    • Linda J. Spilker
    • Scott G. Edgington

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