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 Post subject: Cassini's Grand Finale
PostPosted: March 29th, 2017, 1:59 pm 
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Below is a list of all final orbit dates for Cassini...
https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/2893/saturn-tour-dates-2017/

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory will hold a special preview (broadcast live on both NASA-TVs) on 4 April at 2pm CDT highlighting the Cassini Grand Finale. The mission that brought to Earth unprecedented views of the Saturnian system is ending in September.

The live preview can be watched by visitors at HRPO.

More information:
https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/3011/nasa-to-preview-grand-finale-of-cassini-saturn-mission/


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An excellent (and suprisingly touching) simulation video has been produced to highlight the farewell of the legendary Cassini spacecraft...
https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/system/downloadable_items/851_JPL-20170404-CASSINf-0001-2560x1080.mp4

The Finale begins Wednesday! That morning at 5am CDT NASA-TV3 will broadcast live media interviews concerning this thrilling, important and ultimately sad mission.


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PostPosted: May 29th, 2017, 5:24 pm 
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The Cassini team was convinced that the 2,000-kilometer-wide area between Saturn and its rings wouldn't have many large particles that would be dangerous due to images the spacecraft acquired beforehand. They still picked a safer entry during the 26 April event and kept Cassini's antenna pointed toward the oncoming particles as a shielding measure. The Radio and Plasma Wave Science heard only a few "pings". Converted to audio, the particles sound like "pops" and "cracks", but the "whistles" and "squeaks" of the charged particles were heard as well.

More information:
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6832


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