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Last days: Saturn will keep its remaining secrets after Cassini’s death plunge. In a few days, we will receive our last signal from the Cassini spacecraft. But for a few of hours before that, the spacecraft will live-stream a deluge of data to Earth in its last hurrah before burning up in Saturn’s atmosphere. Over the past month, Cassini has been dipping into the very top of the Saturn’s atmosphere on its last few passes by the planet. It has measured the particles, radiation and magnetic field there. Now, it’s diving right in and capturing data deeper in Saturn’s atmosphere than any spacecraft has ever ventured. “We’ll be about 2000 kilometres lower than we’ve ever been, and then th... Full story

13 September