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Cassini’s legacy and a final farewell

18 September 2017

Artist’s impression of Cassini in orbit at Saturn

Many researchers at the UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences said a fond farewell to the Cassini spacecraft when it was plunged into Saturn on 15 September 2017, after 13 years of exploring the giant planet and its moons, leaving an enormous legacy of data.

Prof. Nick Achilleos (UCL P&A) wrote an article for The Conversation about what he hopes to learn from Cassini's final dive as co-investigator of Cassini's magnetometer instrument.


  • Artist’s impression of Cassini in orbit at Saturn, with the magnetometer boom extending to the left. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


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