A computer-generated representation of all Cassini's Saturn orbits - affection called the "ball of yarn" by mission planners.

November 30, 2016

A computer-generated representation of all Cassini's Saturn orbits -affectionately called the "ball of yarn" by mission planners. This GIF was created for NASA by Erick Sturm.

Larger versions of the file are available for download on the right.

The time frame spans Saturn Orbit Insertion on July 1, 2004 to the end of mission on Sept. 15, 2017.

Color Key:

Gray – Prime Mission

Orange – Equinox Mission

Blue – Solstice Mission (Years 1-4)

Yellow – Solstice Mission (Year 5)

Purple – Solstice Mission (Year 6)

Green – Ring-Grazing and Grand Finale Orbits

Credit

NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory-Caltech

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