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Cassini finishes its 20-year long mission with a Grand Final

September 22, 2017; Srama, Ralf

Cassini ended its exciting journey at Saturn and the Cosmic Dust Analyzer CDA collected fantastic data in the last 18 years. With the final plunge of Cassini, the data downlink ended and CDA has sent its last events to ground. The last CDA packet was received at 2017-258-10:31:52 UTC.
The last housekeeping packet was received at 10:31:19. Our last event triggered at 10:31:47.
This means, that CDA received data until the last second - the instrument performed just unbelievable over all the years.
A fantastic journey of CDA operations and data acquisition ends, and a decade of in-depth science analysis begins. Although Cassini crashed into Saturn, it will deliver big discoveries in the near future. We are ready start a detailed

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA and the Italian Space Agency. JPL manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA) was developed by the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (Heidelberg) and the German Space Agency (DLR, Berlin). It is operated by the Institute for Space Systems (IRS) at the University of Stuttgart (Principal Investigator R. Srama). The project is supported by the German Space Administration DLR.

Further Cassini material:


JPL's Cassini playlist on YouTube

Cassini video reels (download and use it) :


NASA HQ Photo albums on Flickr (these are "released" and may be used as you wish)

The official Cassini web page:

Cassini at NASA: