Cassini via JPL sent its last pictures of Saturn onto us this week, and they are real beauties.
Cassini has been in space for two decades, and has nearly expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to get to it’s target Saturn. So now at mission-end its operators are deliberately plunging Cassini into the planet to ensure Saturn’s moons will remain pristine for future exploration—in particular, the ice-covered, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus, but also Titan, with its intriguing pre-biotic chemistry.
On Sept. 15, 2017, the spacecraft will make its final approach to the giant planet Saturn. Cassini will then burn up and disintegrate like a meteor. Read more at the JPL site.