This page contains the Saturn tour dates for 2016. Information on this page is subject to change.


January 1, 2016 - Orbit 229

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 94,000 km; 58,000 mi) of moon Aegaeon
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 97,000 km; 60,000 mi) of moon Pan
  • Protective measures to ensure safe passage through area of increased ring particle concentration
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (160,000 km; 100,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (155,000 km; 96,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 229
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 110,000 km; 68,000 mi) of moon Pandora
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 28,000 km; 17,000 mi) of moon Methone
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 39,000 km; 24,000 mi) of moon Tethys

January 6, 2016 - Orbit 229

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,910,000 km; 1,180,000 mi wrt Saturn)

January 7, 2016 - Orbit 230

  • Farthest distance (2,000,000 km; 1,200,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 230

January 12, 2016 - Orbit 230

  • Cassini short engine burn number 436 to stay on course

January 13, 2016 - Orbit 230

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 115,000 km; 71,000 mi) of moon Calypso           
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 72,000 km; 45,000 mi) of moon Enceladus
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 28,000 km; 17,000 mi) of moon Mimas           
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 94,000 km; 59,000 mi) of moon Atlas

January 14, 2016 - Orbit 230

  • Protective measures to ensure safe passage through area of increased ring particle concentration
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (160,000 km; 100,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (155,000 km; 96,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 230
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 23,000 km; 14,000 mi) of moon Daphnis
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 14,000 km; 9,000 mi) of moon Telesto

January 15, 2016 - Orbit 230

  • Close flyby (altitude = 3,817 km; 2,372 mi) of moon Titan

January 16, 2016 - Orbit 230

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,580,000 km; 980,000 mi wrt Saturn)

January 18, 2016 - Orbit 230

  • Cassini short engine burn number 437 to stay on course

January 21, 2016 - Orbit 231

  • Farthest distance (2,200,000 km; 1,400,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 231

January 23, 2016 - Orbit 231

  • Cassini short engine burn number 438 to stay on course

January 28, 2016 - Orbit 231

  • Cassini short engine burn number 439 to stay on course

January 29, 2016 - Orbit 231

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (220,000 km; 130,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (210,000 km; 131,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 231

January 30, 2016 - Orbit 231

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 117,000 km; 72,000 mi) of moon Pan
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 105,000 km; 65,000 mi) of moon Polydeuces

January 31, 2016 - Orbit 231

  • Close flyby (altitude = 1,400 km; 870 mi) of moon Titan
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind the moon Titan
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind the moon Titan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,270,000 km; 790,000 mi wrt Saturn)

February 3, 2016 - Orbit 231

  • Cassini short engine burn number 440 to stay on course

February 6, 2016 - Orbit 232

  • Farthest distance (2,200,000 km; 1,400,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 232

February 8, 2016 - Orbit 232

  • Cassini short engine burn number 441 to stay on course

February 13, 2016 - Orbit 232

  • Cassini short engine burn number 442 to stay on course

February 14, 2016 - Orbit 232

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 77,000 km; 48,000 mi) of moon Polydeuces
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 49,000 km; 30,000 mi) of moon Telesto
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 116,000 km; 72,000 mi) of moon Epimetheus
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (250,000 km; 150,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (229,000 km; 142,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 232
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 84,000 km; 52,000 mi) of moon Enceladus

February 16, 2016 - Orbit 232

  • Close flyby (altitude = 1,018 km; 633 mi) of moon Titan
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind the moon Titan
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind the moon Titan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,240,000 km; 770,000 mi wrt Saturn)

February 19, 2016 - Orbit 232

  • Cassini short engine burn number 443 to stay on course

February 26, 2016 - Orbit 233

  • Farthest distance (2,800,000 km; 1,800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 233

March 8, 2016 - Orbit 233

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 426,000 km; 265,000 mi) of moon Titan

March 9, 2016 - Orbit 233

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (430,000 km; 270,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (359,000 km; 223,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 233

March 11, 2016 - Orbit 233

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,230,000 km; 760,000 mi wrt Saturn)

March 21, 2016 - Orbit 234

  • Farthest distance (2,800,000 km; 1,800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 234

March 25, 2016 - Orbit 234

  • Cassini short engine burn number 444 to stay on course

April 1, 2016 - Orbit 234

  • Cassini short engine burn number 445 to stay on course

April 2, 2016 - Orbit 234

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (430,000 km; 270,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (361,000 km; 224,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 234

April 4, 2016 - Orbit 234

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind the moon Titan
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind the moon Titan
  • Close flyby (altitude = 990 km; 615 mi) of moon Titan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,230,000 km; 760,000 mi wrt Saturn)

April 7, 2016 - Orbit 234

  • Cassini short engine burn number 446 to stay on course

April 18, 2016 - Orbit 235

  • Farthest distance (3,400,000 km; 2,100,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 235

April 22, 2016 - Orbit 235

  • Cassini short engine burn number 447 to stay on course

May 3, 2016 - Orbit 235

  • Cassini short engine burn number 448 to stay on course
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (660,000 km; 410,000 mi wrt Saturn)

May 4, 2016 - Orbit 235

  • Closest distance (491,000 km; 305,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 235

May 6, 2016 - Orbit 235

  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind the moon Titan
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind the moon Titan
  • Close flyby (altitude = 971 km; 603 mi) of moon Titan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,220,000 km; 760,000 mi wrt Saturn)

May 9, 2016 - Orbit 235

  • Cassini short engine burn number 449 to stay on course

May 20, 2016 - Orbit 236

  • Farthest distance (3,300,000 km; 2,000,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 236

May 22, 2016 - Orbit 236

  • Cassini short engine burn number 450 to stay on course

June 4, 2016 - Orbit 236

  • Cassini short engine burn number 451 to stay on course
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (850,000 km; 530,000 mi wrt Saturn)

June 5, 2016 - Orbit 236

  • Closest distance (591,000 km; 367,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 236
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

June 7, 2016 - Orbit 236

  • Close flyby (altitude = 975 km; 606 mi) of moon Titan
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind the moon Titan
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind the moon Titan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,220,000 km; 760,000 mi wrt Saturn)

June 11, 2016 - Orbit 236

  • Cassini short engine burn number 452 to stay on course

June 17, 2016 - Orbit 237

  • Farthest distance (2,600,000 km; 1,600,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 237

June 27, 2016 - Orbit 237

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (870,000 km; 540,000 mi wrt Saturn)

June 28, 2016 - Orbit 237

  • Closest distance (630,000 km; 392,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 237

June 29, 2016 - Orbit 237

  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn

July 1, 2016 - Orbit 237

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,220,000 km; 760,000 mi wrt Saturn)

July 10, 2016 - Orbit 238

  • Farthest distance (2,600,000 km; 1,600,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 238

July 16, 2016 - Orbit 238

  • Cassini short engine burn number 453 to stay on course

July 21, 2016 - Orbit 238

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (870,000 km; 540,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Cassini short engine burn number 454 to stay on course

July 22, 2016 - Orbit 238

  • Closest distance (630,000 km; 391,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 238

July 23, 2016 - Orbit 238

  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn

July 25, 2016 - Orbit 238

  • Close flyby (altitude = 976 km; 606 mi) of moon Titan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

July 27, 2016 - Orbit 238

  • Cassini short engine burn number 455 to stay on course

July 30, 2016 - Orbit 239

  • Farthest distance (1,900,000 km; 1,200,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 239

August 1, 2016 - Orbit 239

  • Cassini short engine burn number 456 to stay on course

August 6, 2016 - Orbit 239

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (670,000 km; 420,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Cassini short engine burn number 457 to stay on course

August 7, 2016 - Orbit 239

  • Closest distance (561,000 km; 348,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 239

August 8, 2016 - Orbit 239

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

August 10, 2016 - Orbit 239

  • Close flyby (altitude = 1,599 km; 994 mi) of moon Titan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

August 13, 2016 - Orbit 240

  • Farthest distance (1,600,000 km; 1,000,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 240
  • Cassini short engine burn number 458 to stay on course

August 18, 2016 - Orbit 240

  • Cassini short engine burn number 459 to stay on course

August 19, 2016 - Orbit 240

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (500,000 km; 310,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 826,000 km; 513,000 mi) of moon Titan
  • Closest distance (454,000 km; 282,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 240

August 20, 2016 - Orbit 240

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

August 22, 2016 - Orbit 240

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

August 25, 2016 - Orbit 241

  • Farthest distance (1,600,000 km; 1,000,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 241

August 30, 2016 - Orbit 241

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 986,000 km; 613,000 mi) of moon Titan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (500,000 km; 310,000 mi wrt Saturn)

August 31, 2016 - Orbit 241

  • Closest distance (454,000 km; 282,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 241

September 1, 2016 - Orbit 241

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

September 3, 2016 - Orbit 241

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

September 6, 2016 - Orbit 242

  • Farthest distance (1,600,000 km; 1,000,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 242

September 11, 2016 - Orbit 242

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (500,000 km; 310,000 mi wrt Saturn)

September 12, 2016 - Orbit 242

  • Closest distance (454,000 km; 282,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 242

September 13, 2016 - Orbit 242

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn

September 15, 2016 - Orbit 242

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

September 18, 2016 - Orbit 243

  • Farthest distance (1,600,000 km; 1,000,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 243

September 22, 2016 - Orbit 243

  • Cassini short engine burn number 460 to stay on course

September 23, 2016 - Orbit 243

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (500,000 km; 310,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 110,000 km; 68,000 mi) of moon Polydeuces

September 24, 2016 - Orbit 243

  • Closest distance (454,000 km; 282,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 243

September 25, 2016 - Orbit 243

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn

September 26, 2016 - Orbit 243

  • Close flyby (altitude = 1,737 km; 1,079 mi) of moon Titan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

September 29, 2016 - Orbit 244

  • Farthest distance (1,400,000 km; 900,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 244
  • Cassini short engine burn number 461 to stay on course

October 3, 2016 - Orbit 244

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 877,000 km; 545,000 mi) of moon Titan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (350,000 km; 220,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 107,000 km; 66,000 mi) of moon Helene
  • Closest distance (337,000 km; 209,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 244

October 4, 2016 - Orbit 244

  • Cassini short engine burn number 462 to stay on course
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

October 6, 2016 - Orbit 244

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

October 8, 2016 - Orbit 245

  • Farthest distance (1,400,000 km; 900,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 245

October 13, 2016 - Orbit 245

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (350,000 km; 220,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (337,000 km; 210,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 245

October 14, 2016 - Orbit 245

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Oct. 16, 2016 - Orbit 245
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

October 18, 2016 - Orbit 246

  • Farthest distance (1,400,000 km; 900,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 246

October 22, 2016 - Orbit 246

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (350,000 km; 220,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 59,000 km; 37,000 mi) of moon Telesto
  • Closest distance (337,000 km; 209,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 246

October 24, 2016 - Orbit 246

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

October 25, 2016 - Orbit 246

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

October 27, 2016 - Orbit 247

  • Farthest distance (1,400,000 km; 900,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 247

October 29, 2016 - Orbit 247

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 860,000 km; 535,000 mi) of moon Titan

November 1, 2016 - Orbit 247

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 104,000 km; 65,000 mi) of moon Telesto
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 107,000 km; 66,000 mi) of moon Polydeuces
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (350,000 km; 220,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (337,000 km; 209,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 247

November 2, 2016 - Orbit 247

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

November 4, 2016 - Orbit 247

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

November 6, 2016 - Orbit 248

  • Farthest distance (1,400,000 km; 900,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 248

November 9, 2016 - Orbit 248

  • Cassini short engine burn number 463 to stay on course

November 10, 2016 - Orbit 248

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (350,000 km; 220,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 102,000 km; 64,000 mi) of moon Tethys

November 11, 2016 - Orbit 248

  • Closest distance (337,000 km; 209,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 248

November 12, 2016 - Orbit 248

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

November 13, 2016 - Orbit 248

  • Close flyby (altitude = 1,582 km; 983 mi) of moon Titan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

November 15, 2016 - Orbit 249

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 249

November 16, 2016 - Orbit 249

  • Cassini short engine burn number 464 to stay on course

November 19, 2016 - Orbit 249

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 47,000 km; 29,000 mi) of moon Mimas
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (220,000 km; 140,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 86,000 km; 53,000 mi) of moon Daphnis
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 73,000 km; 45,000 mi) of moon Methone
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 93,000 km; 58,000 mi) of moon Pandora
  • Closest distance (218,000 km; 136,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 249
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

November 21, 2016 - Orbit 249

  • Cassini short engine burn number 465 to stay on course
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

November 23, 2016 - Orbit 250

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 250

November 26, 2016 - Orbit 250

  • Cassini short engine burn number 466 to stay on course

November 27, 2016 - Orbit 250

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 86,000 km; 53,000 mi) of moon Epimetheus
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 22,000 km; 14,000 mi) of moon Enceladus
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (220,000 km; 140,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (219,000 km; 136,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 250
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

November 29, 2016 - Orbit 250

  • Close flyby (altitude = 3,223 km; 2,003 mi) of moon Titan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

November 30, 2016 - Orbit 251

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 251
  • Series of 20 orbits with periapses / ring crossings just outside F ring

December 4, 2016 - Orbit 251

  • Cassini short engine burn number 467 to stay on course
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 50,000 km; 31,000 mi) of moon Methone
  • Protective measures to ensure safe passage through area of increased ring particle concentration. High gain antenna used like umbrella to shield Cassini
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (150,000 km; 90,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (152,000 km; 94,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 251
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 57,000 km; 35,000 mi) of moon Pan
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

December 6, 2016 - Orbit 251

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

December 7, 2016 - Orbit 252

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 252

December 11, 2016 - Orbit 252

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 101,000 km; 63,000 mi) of moon Prometheus
  • Protective measures to ensure safe passage through area of increased ring particle concentration. High gain antenna used like umbrella to shield Cassini
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 95,000 km; 59,000 mi) of moon Pallene
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (150,000 km; 90,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (152,000 km; 94,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 252

December 12, 2016 - Orbit 252

  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

December 14, 2016 - Orbit 252

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

December 15, 2016 - Orbit 253

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 253
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 343,000 km; 213,000 mi) of moon Titan

December 18, 2016 - Orbit 253

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 98,000 km; 61,000 mi) of moon Aegaeon
  • Protective measures to ensure safe passage through area of increased ring particle concentration
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (150,000 km; 90,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 14,000 km; 9,000 mi) of moon Pandora
  • Closest distance (151,000 km; 94,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 253
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 110,000 km; 68,000 mi) of moon Janus
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 93,000 km; 58,000 mi) of moon Pan

December 19, 2016 - Orbit 253

  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

December 21, 2016 - Orbit 253

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

December 22, 2016 - Orbit 254

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 254

December 23, 2016 - Orbit 254

  • Cassini short engine burn number 468 to stay on course

December 25, 2016 - Orbit 254

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 88,000 km; 55,000 mi) of moon Enceladus
  • Protective measures to ensure safe passage through area of increased ring particle concentration
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 41,000 km; 25,000 mi) of moon Mimas
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (150,000 km; 90,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 32,000 km; 20,000 mi) of moon Aegaeon
  • Closest distance (150,000 km; 93,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 254

December 26, 2016 - Orbit 254

  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn

December 28, 2016 - Orbit 254

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

December 29, 2016 - Orbit 255

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 255

December 31, 2016 - Orbit 255

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 682,000 km; 424,000 mi) of moon Titan