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Cassini – The Grand Finale

With help from the public, members of NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn have chosen to call the spacecraft’s final orbits the Grand Finale.

In late 2016, Cassini will begin a daring set of orbits that is, in some ways, like a whole news mission. The spacecraft will repeatedly climb high above Saturn’s poles, flying just outside its narrow F ring. Cassini will probe the water-rich plume of the active geysers on Enceladus, and then will hop the rings and dive between the planet and its innermost ring 22 times.

Cassini at Saturn

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The Day the Earth Smiled

On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn’s shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moon, its rings – and, in the background, our home planet, Earth.


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Enceladus, Moon of Saturn

Enceladus is an icy moon of Saturn with remarkable activity near its south pole. Covered in water ice that reflects sunlight like freshly fallen snow, Enceladus reflects almost 100 percent of the sunlight that strikes it.

Enceladus Litho

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Mission to Saturn and Titan

Seven Years, 17 Countries, One Planet.

Lithograph: Mission to Saturn and Titan

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Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft

Including Details About the Spacecraft.

Lithograph: Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft

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Spacecraft Components

Take a tour of the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft and see how all of these different components work.

Lithograph: Spacecraft Components

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Cassini-Huygens Launch

The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida at 4:43 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on October 15, 1997.

Lithograph: Cassini-Huygens Launch

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VVEJGA Trajectory

Cassini-Huygens' journey to Saturn took it past Venus (twice), Earth, and Jupiter in a trajectory known as VVEJGA (pronounced Vee-Jay-Gah) -- the Venus-Venus-Earth- Jupiter Gravity Assist trajectory.

Lithograph: VVEJGA Trajectory

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The Cassini Mission to Saturn and its Moon Titan

Lithograph: The Cassini Mission to Saturn and its Moon Titan - Front

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Saturn: Jewel of the Solar System

From the introduction: In June 2004, NASA’s Cassini–Huygens spacecraft performed a spectacular crossing through the ring plane, going into orbit around Saturn to return new information and incredible images. The spacecraft’s onboard instruments will collect unique data that may answer many questions about the composition of the rings and help scientists gain a better understanding of the planet Saturn, its magnetosphere, its principal moon Titan, and its other moons — the small “icy satellites.”

Poster: Saturn: Jewel of the Solar System - Front

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Cassini Unveils The Myth

This poster was inspired by the students who painted the Cassini mural. Steeped in the tradition of greek and roman mythology, "Saturn Unveils the Myth" introduces students to the significance of names in the Saturn System. Also included is an education activity that combines fine art and mathematics. This activity was developed by an educator who is part of Cassini's nationwide network of classroom educators.

Poster: Cassini Unveils The Myth - Front

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     Cassini Scale Models
There are two scale models of the Cassini spacecraft available for you to download and assemble. The first model is about 1/40th the size of the real spacecraft and is relatively simple to assemble. The second model is about 1/37th the size of the real spacecraft and is designed for an experienced model builder...

Cassini Scale Models

1/40th scale (simpler model)
1/37th scale (more challenging model)

A poster-size transparent hologram designed for back-lighting is available from:

Holographics North
444 South Union Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 658-2275

Cassini Holograms


  • Blend space exploration with reading and writing -- Reading, Writing & Rings!
  • Cassini Scientist for a Day -- Students get involved
  • Cassini Raw Images