Man and woman in mission control.

Cassini team members wait for results of the first Grand Finale ring crossing on April 26, 2017

Download: End of Mission Press Kit​

News and Status Reports

NASA and the Cassini team will issue periodic status reports on mission activities and make them available online at Latest Status. More news is also available at, and NASA has released several media advisories in advance of Cassini's end of mission with details about press accreditation, media briefings, special media opportunities, on-site logistics at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and NASA TV and Web coverage.


Replay of April 4 Grand Finale Preview:


NASA Television

NASA Television Channels are digital C-band signals, carried by QPSK/DVB-S modulation on satellite Galaxy-13, transponder 11, at 127 degrees west longitude, with a downlink frequency of 3920 MHz, vertical polarization, data rate of 38.80 MHz, symbol rate of 28.0681 Mbps, and 3/4 FEC. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is needed for reception. For NASA TV information and schedules on the Web, visit

Live NASA TV programming on NASA’s public channel is available on the Web at The NASA TV media channel is available live at Archived NASA TV programming is available soon after it airs at

Additional Live Video Streams

Additional live streaming video will be available at,, and Schedule details for these channels will be available at

NASA Live Streaming Channel Guide

A Cassini playlist from JPL's YouTube channel.



Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. PT

Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. PT

Sept. 15 at 3:30 a.m. PT

Sept. 15 4 a.m. PT

Sept. 15 6:30 a.m. PT

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NASAJPL Facebook       Cassini’s End: Mission Control Live (360)  
NASA Facebook       Cassini’s End: Mission Control Live  
NASAJPL Raw YouTube     Clean Feed    
NASAJPL Ustream      Clean Feed    
NASA TV Media     Clean Feed    
LiveU Multipoint*       Clean Feed   NASA Recap: Saturn End of Mission

*For Media Using LiveU Multipoint: Contact LiveU support at least two days in advance of event (by Sept. 13) at 1-877-885-4838 or to set up your feed. Tell them our group name: JPL.

On-Site Media Logistics

News media representatives covering Cassini end-of-mission activities in person must be accredited through the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Media Relations Office. Registration for media has already ended. Journalists may call (818) 354-5011 for further information and to request interviews.

Cassini on the Web

Cassini information -- including this press kit, news releases, fact sheets, mission details and background, status reports and images — is available on the web at and

Mission updates are also available on Twitter (@CassiniSaturn), Facebook (

About the Mission

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Printable Materials

Program and Project Management

The Cassini program is an international cooperative effort involving NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), as well as several separate European academic and industrial contributors. The Cassini partnership represents an undertaking whose scope and cost could not likely be borne by any single nation. The mission was made possible through shared investment and participation.

In the United States, the mission is managed for NASA's Science Mission Directorate by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California. JPL is a division of Caltech. At JPL, Earl H. Maize is the Cassini program manager. Linda J. Spilker is the Cassini project scientist, and Scott G. Edgington is the deputy project scientist.

At NASA Headquarters, Bill Knopf is Cassini program executive and Curt Niebur is Cassini program scientist.

Development of the Huygens Titan probe was managed by the European Space Technology and Research Center. The center's prime contractor, Aerospatiale (now Alcatel) in Cannes, France, assembled the probe with equipment supplied by many European countries. Huygens' batteries and two scientific instruments came from the United States.

ASI contributions were major components of the Radio Subsystem and the Radar and Visible and Infrared Spectrometer instruments.

At ESA, Nicolas Altobelli is the project scientist. Enrico Flamini, the ASI contract manager during the development phase, is the ASI project representative.

The U.S. Department of Energy provided Cassini's radioisotope thermoelectric generators. The U.S. Air Force supplied the Titan IVB/Centaur launch vehicle. These components, as well as the spacecraft propulsion module, were built by the mission's major U.S. contractor, Lockheed Martin.

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