So this is the end, Cassini.
And to prepare us for the end, NASA has secreted the above video that simulates Cassini’s last day. It’s a spellbinding summary of Cassini’s greatest ten-strikes and, starting at about 1:55, a preview of its grand finale.
On April 22 nd, Cassini will make a close flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan that will bend the spacecraft’s trajectory and enable it to begin its final string starting on April 26 th. For the next five months, Cassini will make a series of dives between Saturn and its mighty sounds, a direction that will bring it closer and closer to Saturn.
And, then, in mid-September, Cassini will make its final plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, burning up in the process, but being ensconced forever in our hearts.