Farewell Cassini, I'll miss you.

Cassini arrived at Saturn in 2004, after a seven-year voyage. It was the first spacecraft to orbit the ringed planet. For 13 years, Cassini joined the intricate dance of Saturn’s 62 moons. After 22 passes inside the rings, Cassini will plow into Saturn’s rippled clouds today. The spacecraft will incinerate itself to prevent any future contamination of the moons Enceladus or Titan. ✨

Cassini used Titan’s gravity to tour Saturn’s rings, climbing high above the ring plane and threading gaps between the rings. Cassini photographed the sun’s reflection and used background stars to measure the opacity of the rings. Some of Cassini’s most striking images were abstract — concentric rings with underlapping shadows. When Cassini was level with the rings, Saturn’s oblate shape became clear. The planet is wider than it is tall.✔️