Cassini retirement

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The Cassini space probe was deliberately disposed of via a controlled fall into Saturn's atmosphere on September 15, 2017, ending its nearly two-decade-long mission.wikipedia
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Cassini–Huygens

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The Cassini space probe was deliberately disposed of via a controlled fall into Saturn's atmosphere on September 15, 2017, ending its nearly two-decade-long mission.
The atmospheric entry of Cassini ended the mission, but analyses of the returned data will continue for many years.

Saturn

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The Cassini space probe was deliberately disposed of via a controlled fall into Saturn's atmosphere on September 15, 2017, ending its nearly two-decade-long mission. Some of the options examined included collision with Saturn atmosphere, an icy satellite, or rings; another was departure from Saturn orbit to Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, or a centaur.
In the 21st century, observations continue from Earth (including Earth-orbiting observatories like the Hubble Space Telescope) and, until its 2017 retirement, from the Cassini orbiter around Saturn.

Space probe

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The Cassini space probe was deliberately disposed of via a controlled fall into Saturn's atmosphere on September 15, 2017, ending its nearly two-decade-long mission.

Planetary protection

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This method was chosen to prevent biological contamination of any of the moons of Saturn now thought to offer potentially habitable environments.

Planetary habitability

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This method was chosen to prevent biological contamination of any of the moons of Saturn now thought to offer potentially habitable environments.

Solar wind

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For example, it could have collected solar wind data in a heliocentric orbit.

Heliocentric orbit

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For example, it could have collected solar wind data in a heliocentric orbit.

Jupiter

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Some of the options examined included collision with Saturn atmosphere, an icy satellite, or rings; another was departure from Saturn orbit to Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, or a centaur.

Uranus

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Some of the options examined included collision with Saturn atmosphere, an icy satellite, or rings; another was departure from Saturn orbit to Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, or a centaur.

Neptune

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Some of the options examined included collision with Saturn atmosphere, an icy satellite, or rings; another was departure from Saturn orbit to Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, or a centaur.

Centaur (minor planet)

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Some of the options examined included collision with Saturn atmosphere, an icy satellite, or rings; another was departure from Saturn orbit to Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, or a centaur.

Aerobraking

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Another possibility was aerobraking into orbit around Titan.

Giant planet

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Saturn's hexagon

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This would be immediately preceded by a gradual shift in inclination to better view Saturn's polar hexagon, and a flyby of Enceladus to more closely study its cryovolcanism.

Enceladus

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This would be immediately preceded by a gradual shift in inclination to better view Saturn's polar hexagon, and a flyby of Enceladus to more closely study its cryovolcanism.

Cryovolcano

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This would be immediately preceded by a gradual shift in inclination to better view Saturn's polar hexagon, and a flyby of Enceladus to more closely study its cryovolcanism.

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

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Cassinis final transmissions were received by the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, located in Australia at 18:55:46 AEST.

Australia

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Cassinis final transmissions were received by the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, located in Australia at 18:55:46 AEST.

Time in Australia

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Cassinis final transmissions were received by the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, located in Australia at 18:55:46 AEST.

Timeline of Cassini–Huygens

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Timeline of Cassini–Huygens