NASA at Saturn: Cassini’s Grand Finale

NASA at Saturn: Cassini’s Grand Finale

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A lone explorer
on a mission to reveal
the grandeur of Saturn,
its rings and moons
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After 20 years in space
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft
is running out of fuel.
And so, to protect
moons of Saturn
that could have conditions
suitable for life,
a spectacular end
has been planned
for this long-lived
traveler from Earth.
Cassini’s Grand Finale
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
[ rockets roar ]
And liftoff of the
Cassini spacecraft
on a billion-mile
trek to Saturn.
We have cleared the tower.
[ mission audio ]
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In 2004, following
a 7-year journey
through the solar system,
Cassini arrived at Saturn.
[ mission audio ]
June 30, 2004 Saturn
Orbit Insertion
The spacecraft carried a
the European Huygens probe —
the first human-made
object to land
on a world in the distant
outer solar system.
January 14, 2005
Huygens Probe landing on Titan
For over a decade,
Cassini has shared
the wonders of Saturn
and its family of icy moons,
taking us to astounding worlds
where methane rivers run
to a methane sea.
Where jets of ice and gas
are blasting material into space
from a liquid water ocean
that might harbor the
ingredients for life.
[ mission audio ]
And Saturn —
a giant world ruled
by raging storms
and delicate
harmonies of gravity.
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Now, Cassini has one last,
daring assignment.
April 26, 2017
The grand finale begins.
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Cassini’s Grand Finale is
a brand new adventure.
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Twenty-two dives
through the space
between Saturn and its rings.
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As it repeatedly braves
this unexplored region,
Cassini seeks new insights
about the origins of the rings,
and the nature of the
planet’s interior —
closer to Saturn
than ever before.
[ ♪ ]
On the final orbit,
Cassini will plunge into Saturn
fighting to keep its
antenna pointed at Earth
as it transmits its farewell.
[ ♪ ]
In the skies of Saturn,
the journey ends,
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as Cassini becomes part
of the planet itself.
[ ♪ ]
September 15, 2017
End of mission.
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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute
of Technology

100 thoughts on “NASA at Saturn: Cassini’s Grand Finale”

  1. I wish I were with Cassini to witness the wonders of saturn. It makes me cry when I see it burning off in the Saturn's atmosphere 😥. Miss you Cassini. You were my favourite spacecraft as you have shown me the beauty of saturn, my favourite planet.

  2. I cried at the part that it was part of the saturn Cassini explored for 26 years just in saturn and died there you will never be forgotten The explorer Of Saturn Cassini 1997 – 2017 Lived for 26 Years

  3. From quite two years i'm watching this video in loop. I grow up with this mission and all my passion for astronomy was accompanied by Cassini. Thank you little probe, from the deep of my heart

  4. When I feel down over this messed up world. I come here. This video reinstates my love for human achievement. Suddenly, I don't feel as down, I feel inspired, and compelled to do things I normally don't. You were more than a probe Cassini :') you will be remembered.

  5. this plucky little robot shows you how far a can-do attitude will take you. we can all learn from his heroism. thank you for your service cassini

  6. It´s difficult to differentiate where the science ends and the poetry starts. At the end, all this technology has the aim to respond a philosophical question of what we are? Where do we come from? Where are we going? The human brain is the place where the universe understands itself. Longe live to the “heroic” Cassiniˋs memory.

  7. Look, everyone says:


    they can have helium for oxygen,they can live on icy cold surfaces,they can resist extreme heat! It all depends on the species of alien.

    Please show support by giving a like!

  8. I still see it till this day and it always gives me a tear 🙁

    Thanks Cassini, for everything you've done. Your mission wasn't in vain…

  9. Again worst video full of animations and nothing real. NASA sucks again we might never ever see real footages

  10. They need to make a final transmission image for all satellites that have stayed in space for more than five years almost like saying see you on the other side

  11. i wish i had a super fast private spacecraft to travel through space and see saturn up close, its so beautiful…

  12. Great mission it was! 🙂

    Yet I find a ironic double-standard that NASA destroyed Cassini and Galileo because they do not want to contaminate these worlds with Earth 'bugs', yet did we just landed a probe on Titan? Are we planning to one day explore the oceans of Europa and Enceladus? Are we not taking risks of contamination if we send probes to these moons? Really, I find it silly they worry about contamination yet we're going to send probes to these places anyway.

  13. This video always hits me in the feels…I followed this mission from the day it launched a year after I graduated high school all the way to the finale, when I was 39. Thank you Cassini.

  14. It scares me that we are coming close to many scientific achievements, like AI, space travel, nano tech, cloning and our highest levels of power are controlled by lobbyists (AIPAC-Israel)
    Who are already curtailing our First Amendment rights right here at home in America!
    What will they do to us with all the technology they steal from us via our corrupt politicians? Frightening!

  15. I'm looking for actual footage, not CGI stuff. Are their front roll camera angles straight from Cassini in the plunge to Saturn? I can't seem to find any.

  16. I remember putting this video in a slide presentation for 5th grade science class the teacher and a few kids cried

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