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How to watch the Cassini Mission Finale

After nearly 20 years of amazing science, a lifetime of data, and the most spectacular views of Saturn and its moons we've ever witnessed, the NASA/JPL Saturn probe mission, known as CASSINI-HUYGENS, is coming to an end.

To learn more about the history and importance of the CASSINI-HUYGENS mission, visit the Quick Facts, FAQ, or Why Cassini Matters pages on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Cassini site.

On September 13 and 14, Cassini will begin taking its final images of Saturn and its rings, and on September 15, at 7:55am EDT (although the time may differ slightly as Cassini is slowed by Saturn's atmosphere), Cassini is predicted to send its last signal to Earth.

The last photo that will be taken by Cassini's cameras is scheduled at 3:58pm EDT on September 14. The reason Cassini will not be taking photos during its final plunge is due to the low data stream rate that scientists will have in the final moments of Cassini's mission. However, other readings from the probes other science instruments will be taken and sent over. The final downlink for raw images are expected to begin at 11:00pm EDT. The raw image uploads can be found here.

On September 14, 4:00pm EDT, NASA will be holding another series of Q&A sessions with scientists and engineers behind the Cassini mission and will also answer #askNASA questions submitted online (you can do this too!).
You can watch all NASA Live Broadcasts from here.

On September 15, 7:00am-8:30am EDT, the Cassini mission’s “Grand Finale,” with live commentary and an uninterrupted feed from JPL Mission Control, will be available on the NASA TV Media Channel and on UStream.

Following the end of mission, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will host a post-mission news conference (also available on the NASA TV Media Channel).

An end-of-mission timeline can be found here.

The latest status updates will be posted here.

A grand finale “toolkit” is available here at the mission’s website.

Additional video for the Cassini mission can be found here.

The Planetary Society has created a beautiful infographic timeline to include other time zones.

See what to expect by watching JPLs short video summary of the finale.

You can follow the mission through social media to keep up to date until the end, but then also to follow the discoveries and information that we gain as scientists work on the data for many more years ahead. Cassini has its own Twitter and Facebook.

Remember, this mission was a cooperative project of NASA, ESA, and the Italian Space Agency. JPL manages the mission for NASA and also designed, developed, and assembled the Cassini orbiter.

Enjoy the celebration! The Planetary Society has produced a (very) short opera for your enjoyment as a very special goodbye to Cassini. Le Cassini Opera, sung by Robert Picardo.

If you have the time, sit down and watch “Going Out in a Blaze of Glory," a public talk held by the scientists behind the mission.

Finally, project scientist Linda Spilker appeared on the Planetary Society’s “Planetary Radio” to discuss “The Grandest Finale.” You can listen to that podcast episode here.


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