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 https://www.nasa.gov/cassini, and https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov. 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.
- Cassini video reels for download (animations, interviews and mission b-roll)
- Animations: Grand Finale and end of mission
- Cassini's Grand Finale (short film)
- Cassini's Greatest Hits ("The Wonder of Saturn")
- More Cassini Web videos
Replay of April 4 Grand Finale Preview:
- Top Cassini images ("Hall of Fame")
- Cassini Grand Finale Resource Gallery
- Artist renderings of the Cassini spacecraft
- Photos of the Cassini spacecraft
- Mission graphics (diagrams, orbit info)
- Raw (unprocessed) images gallery
- Additional top images, by year
- Images processed by members of the public
- NASA HQ Flickr Gallery
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 www.nasa.gov/ntv.
Live NASA TV programming on NASA’s public channel is available on the Web at
nasa.gov/live. The NASA TV media channel is available live at https://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-media-channel. Archived NASA TV programming is available soon after it airs at youtube.com/nasatelevision.
Additional Live Video Streams
Additional live streaming video will be available at youtube.com/nasajpl/live, ustream.tv/nasajpl, and ustream.tv/nasajpl2. Schedule details for these channels will be available at saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/grand-finale/for-media
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
|NASAJPL YouTube||http://youtube.com/nasajpl/||NASA Previews Saturn Mission End||Cassini NASA Social||Cassini’s End: Mission Control Live (360)||NASA Recap: Saturn End of Mission|
|NASAJPL2 Ustream||http://ustream.tv/NASAJPL2||NASA Previews Saturn Mission End||Cassini NASA Social||Cassini’s End: Mission Control Live||NASA Recap: Saturn End of Mission|
|NASA Ustream||http://www.nasa.gov/live||NASA Previews Saturn Mission End||Cassini NASA Social||Cassini’s End: Mission Control Live||NASA Recap: Saturn End of Mission|
|NASA TV Public||http://www.nasa.gov/live||NASA Previews Saturn Mission End||Cassini NASA Social||Cassini’s End: Mission Control Live||NASA Recap: Saturn End of Mission|
|NASAJPL Facebook||http://facebook.com/nasajpl||Cassini’s End: Mission Control Live (360)|
|NASA Facebook||http://facebook.com/NASA||Cassini’s End: Mission Control Live|
|NASAJPL Raw YouTube||http://youtube.com/jplraw/||Clean Feed|
|NASAJPL Ustream||http://ustream.tv/NASAJPL||Clean Feed|
|NASA TV Media||https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#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 email@example.com 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 https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/grandfinale and https://www.nasa.gov/cassini.
About the Mission
- JPL Cassini Mission Homepage
- NASA Cassini Page
- Interactive Timeline
- Top 10 Science Highlights by Year
- Cassini Press Release Archive
Social Media: Join the Conversation
- Eyes on the Solar System Cassini Grand Finale Module - Fly the entire mission from beginning to end and explore the wonders of the Saturn system in 3-D.
- Deep Space Network Now - a Real-time visualization of data coming down from spacecraft exploring our solar system (including Cassini).
- Spacecraft 3-D and More Apps - NASA-style augmented reality for your portable devices.
- Fact Sheets
- Infographic: Cassini By the Numbers
- 2016 - 12 years at Saturn
- 2015 - 10th Anniversary of Huygens Landing
- 2014 - 10th Anniversary of Saturn Orbit Insertion
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.