BLAZE OF GLORY Cassini burned up like a comet above Saturn’s cloud tops just before 5 a.m. PDT on September 15. This artist’s illustration shows what it may have looked like.
The Cassini spacecraft took one final round of images on its farewell tour of the Saturnian system. This raw image, taken September 13 and received on Earth on September 14, showcases Saturn’s hallmark rings.
JPL-Caltech/NASA, Space Science Institute
Cassini isn’t long for this world. But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to track the spacecraft’s final hours.