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launched all the way back in 1997 and arriving in orbit around Saturn in 2004, Cassini

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launched all the way back in 1997 and arriving in orbit around Saturn in 2004, Cassini
The final phase of the mission, which has been named ‘The Grand Finale’, will see Cassini actually passing through the gap between Saturn and its rings – an unexplored region 1,500 miles wide.

Then in September of next year, the aged spacecraft will begin its ultimate descent – a suicidal maneuver that will send it plummeting through Saturn’s atmosphere, collecting data as it goes.

It will continue to transmit its findings until, with the friction of the gas giant’s swirling atmosphere heating its exterior to breaking point, it will finally go silent as it meets its fiery demise.
See more at: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/news/298865/cassini-probe-begins-its-final-year-at-saturn#sthash.PM41GuEh.dpuf