At the end of these loops between the planet and its rings, the spacecraft will do a death dive into the planet. The final descent is planned for September 15. "Cassini's grand finale is so much more than a final plunge," says Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "It's a thrilling final chapter for our intrepid spacecraft, and so scientifically rich that it was the clear and obvious choice for how to end the mission."
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