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Cassini’s Grand Finale: Going Out in a Blaze of Glory (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Earl H. Maize

Paper Abstract

The Cassini spacecraft ended its 20-year voyage of discovery with a fiery plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017. We will discuss the engineering and scientific rationale for the mission's final scenario and some of the complexities of an entirely new mission for an aging spacecraft. We will also present highlights from the many amazing findings from the spacecraft's 13 years of exploration in the Saturn system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 2019
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Proc. SPIE 10910, Free-Space Laser Communications XXXI, 1091002 (8 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2517038
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Earl H. Maize, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10910:
Free-Space Laser Communications XXXI
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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