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Help Name the Final Phase of Cassini's Mission

Cassini spacecraft between Saturn and its rings
Cassini spacecraft between Saturn and its rings

Help Name the Final Phase of Cassini's Mission

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Cassini's orbits
Cassini will end its historic mission with 22 breathtaking loops passing through the gap between Saturn and its innermost ring.
In late 2016, the Cassini spacecraft will begin a completely new type of mission at Saturn. During its final months, the intrepid spacecraft's orbit will carry it high above the planet's north pole and then send it plunging between the planet and the innermost edge of its dazzling rings.

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What should we call this exciting phase of Cassini’s mission? The Cassini team wants you to help us decide.

This part of the mission has been called “the proximal orbits” by the Cassini team because the most exciting science happens in very close proximity to Saturn, but we think you can help us do better.

The Cassini team will choose a name based on your input.

Note: this feature began on April 10, 2014, and the last day to submit names was on April 25, 2014.




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