After orbiting and capturing images of Saturn and its moons since 2004, Cassini’s mission will come to a close in September with a plunge into the planet’s atmosphere, which will destroy the spacecraft.
May 6, 2012 Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, passes in front of the planet in an image taken by the Cassini spacecraft. NASA via AP
July 19, 2013 A natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which the planet, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars all are visible. The image captures 404,880 miles across Saturn and its inner ring system, including all of its rings out to the E ring, which is Saturn’s second outermost ring. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI via Reuters
Jan. 18, 2005 The moon Mimas drifts along in its orbit against the azure backdrop of Saturn’s northern latitudes. The long, dark lines on the atmosphere are shadows cast by the planet's rings. Saturn’s northern hemisphere is now relatively cloud-free, and rays of sunlight take a long path through the atmosphere. This results in sunlight being scattered at shorter, bluer wavelengths, thus giving the northernmost latitudes their bluish appearance at visible wavelengths. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute via AP
April 13, 2017 An enhanced-color view of the southern latitudes on Saturn’s moon Enceladus featuring bluish “tiger stripe” fractures that rip across the south polar region. NASA/JPL-Caltech via European Pressphoto Agency
July 20, 2016 This false-color view shows clouds in Saturn’s northern hemisphere. This view was made using images taken by Cassini’s wide-angle camera using a combination of spectral filters sensitive to infrared light at 750, 727 and 619 nanometers. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Kevin M. Gill