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[May-September] Full Timeline of Cassini’s Final Dive Into Saturn’s Atmosphere

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Cassini's 22 dive orbits
Source: NASA/JPL

Here are the timetable about Cassini’s final tour

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May 2, 2017 -Orbit 272

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 77,000 km; 48,000 mi) of moon Daphnis
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 75,000 km; 47,000 mi) of moon PrometheusCassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (64,000 km; 40,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 272
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn

May 4, 2017 – Orbit 272

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

May 5, 2017 – Orbit 273

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 273.

May 7, 2017 – Orbit 273

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 488,000 km; 303,000 mi) of moon Titan

May 9, 2017 – Orbit 273

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 120,000 km; 74,000 mi) of moon Daphnis
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 114,000 km; 71,000 mi) of moon Pan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 79,000 km; 49,000 mi) of moon Pandora
  • Closest distance (64,000 km; 40,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 273
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 979,000 km; 608,000 mi) of moon Titan

May 11, 2017 – Orbit 273

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,210,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

May 12, 2017 – Orbit 274

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 274.

May 15, 2017 – Orbit 274

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 87,000 km; 54,000 mi) of moon Epimetheus
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 75,000 km; 47,000 mi) of moon Pan
  • Closest distance (64,000 km; 40,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 274
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 86,000 km; 53,000 mi) of moon Prometheus
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 123,000 km; 76,000 mi) of moon Aegaeon
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 121,000 km; 75,000 mi) of moon Atlas
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn

May 17, 2017 – Orbit 274

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,200,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

May 18, 2017 – Orbit 275

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 275.

May 21, 2017 – Orbit 275

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 88,000 km; 55,000 mi) of moon Atlas
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (64,000 km; 40,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 275
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 107,000 km; 66,000 mi) of moon Janus
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 120,000 km; 74,000 mi) of moon Aegaeon

May 22, 2017 – Orbit 275

  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn

May 23, 2017 – Orbit 275

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 139,000 km; 86,000 mi) of moon Titan

May 24, 2017 – Orbit 275

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,200,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Northern summer solstice (maximum Solar declination)

May 25, 2017 – Orbit 276

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 276.

May 28, 2017 – Orbit 276

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 104,000 km; 65,000 mi) of moon Pandora
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 123,000 km; 77,000 mi) of moon Mimas
  • Closest distance (65,000 km; 40,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 276
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 125,000 km; 78,000 mi) of moon Aegaeon
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 118,000 km; 73,000 mi) of moon Prometheus
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn

May 30, 2017 – Orbit 276

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,200,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

May 31, 2017 – Orbit 277

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 277.

June 4, 2017 – Orbit 277

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn

June 6, 2017 – Orbit 277

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,200,000 km; 750,000 mi wrt Saturn)

June 7, 2017 – Orbit 278

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 278.

June 8, 2017 – Orbit 278

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 349,000 km; 217,000 mi) of moon Titan

June 10, 2017 – Orbit 278

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (64,000 km; 40,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 278
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 84,000 km; 52,000 mi) of moon Pan
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 104,000 km; 65,000 mi) of moon Janus
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

June 12, 2017 – Orbit 278

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,200,000 km; 740,000 mi wrt Saturn)

June 13, 2017 – Orbit 279

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 279.

June 16, 2017 – Orbit 279

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 100,000 km; 62,000 mi) of moon Prometheus
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 74,000 km; 46,000 mi) of moon Atlas
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (64,000 km; 40,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 279
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 116,000 km; 72,000 mi) of moon Daphnis
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

June 17, 2017 – Orbit 279

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

June 19, 2017 – Orbit 279

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,190,000 km; 740,000 mi wrt Saturn)

June 20, 2017 – Orbit 280

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 280.

June 23, 2017 – Orbit 280

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 110,000 km; 68,000 mi) of moon Epimetheus
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (64,000 km; 40,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 280
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 82,000 km; 51,000 mi) of moon Daphnis
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 95,000 km; 59,000 mi) of moon Pandora
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

June 24, 2017 – Orbit 280

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 338,000 km; 210,000 mi) of moon Titan

June 25, 2017 – Orbit 280

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,190,000 km; 740,000 mi wrt Saturn)

June 26, 2017 – Orbit 281

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 281.

June 29, 2017 – Orbit 281

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 99,000 km; 61,000 mi) of moon Pan
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 73,000 km; 45,000 mi) of moon Daphnis
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 75,000 km; 46,000 mi) of moon Prometheus
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (64,000 km; 40,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 281
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 96,000 km; 60,000 mi) of moon Janus
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

July 2, 2017 – Orbit 281

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,190,000 km; 740,000 mi wrt Saturn)

July 3, 2017 – Orbit 282

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 282.

July 6, 2017 – Orbit 282

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 92,000 km; 57,000 mi) of moon Daphnis
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (64,000 km; 40,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 282
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 104,000 km; 65,000 mi) of moon Pan
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

July 8, 2017 – Orbit 282

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,190,000 km; 740,000 mi wrt Saturn)

July 9, 2017 – Orbit 283

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 283.

July 10, 2017 – Orbit 283

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 248,000 km; 154,000 mi) of moon Titan

July 12, 2017 – Orbit 283

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 115,000 km; 71,000 mi) of moon Epimetheus
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 80,000 km; 50,000 mi) of moon Pandora
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 81,000 km; 50,000 mi) of moon Atlas
  • Closest distance (63,000 km; 39,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 283
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 113,000 km; 70,000 mi) of moon Prometheus
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

July 13, 2017 – Orbit 283

  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

July 14, 2017 – Orbit 283

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,180,000 km; 740,000 mi wrt Saturn)

July 16, 2017 – Orbit 284

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 284.

July 19, 2017 – Orbit 284

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 121,000 km; 75,000 mi) of moon Atlas
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 94,000 km; 58,000 mi) of moon Janus
  • Closest distance (63,000 km; 39,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 284
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

July 21, 2017 – Orbit 284

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,180,000 km; 730,000 mi wrt Saturn)

July 22, 2017 – Orbit 285

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 285.

July 24, 2017 – Orbit 285

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 908,000 km; 564,000 mi) of moon Titan

July 25, 2017 – Orbit 285

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 80,000 km; 50,000 mi) of moon Pan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (63,000 km; 39,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 285
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

July 26, 2017 – Orbit 285

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 549,000 km; 341,000 mi) of moon Titan

July 27, 2017 – Orbit 285

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,180,000 km; 730,000 mi wrt Saturn)

July 28, 2017 – Orbit 286

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 286.

Aug. 1, 2017 – Orbit 286

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 113,000 km; 70,000 mi) of moon Prometheus
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 85,000 km; 53,000 mi) of moon Pandora
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (63,000 km; 39,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 286
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 118,000 km; 73,000 mi) of moon Pan
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

Aug. 3, 2017 – Orbit 286

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,180,000 km; 730,000 mi wrt Saturn)

Aug. 4, 2017 – Orbit 287

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 287.

Aug. 7, 2017 – Orbit 287

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 90,000 km; 56,000 mi) of moon Janus
  • Closest distance (63,000 km; 39,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 287
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 94,000 km; 59,000 mi) of moon Atlas
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 120,000 km; 75,000 mi) of moon Epimetheus
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

Aug. 8, 2017 – Orbit 287

  • Cassini views the Sun as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

Aug. 9, 2017 – Orbit 287

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,170,000 km; 730,000 mi wrt Saturn)

Aug. 10, 2017 – Orbit 288

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 288.
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 175,000 km; 109,000 mi) of moon Titan

Aug. 14, 2017 – Orbit 288

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 107,000 km; 67,000 mi) of moon Atlas
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 80,000 km; 49,000 mi) of moon Prometheus
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (62,000 km; 39,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 288
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

Aug. 16, 2017 – Orbit 288

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,170,000 km; 730,000 mi wrt Saturn)

Aug. 17, 2017 – Orbit 289

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 289.

Aug. 20, 2017 – Orbit 289

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 121,000 km; 75,000 mi) of moon Pandora
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 76,000 km; 47,000 mi) of moon Pan
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (62,000 km; 39,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 289
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 115,000 km; 72,000 mi) of moon Daphnis
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

Aug. 22, 2017 – Orbit 289

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,160,000 km; 720,000 mi wrt Saturn)

Aug. 23, 2017 – Orbit 290

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 290.

Aug. 26, 2017 – Orbit 290

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 736,000 km; 458,000 mi) of moon Titan

Aug. 27, 2017 – Orbit 290

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 91,000 km; 57,000 mi) of moon Janus
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 81,000 km; 50,000 mi) of moon Daphnis
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 85,000 km; 53,000 mi) of moon Prometheus
  • Closest distance (62,000 km; 39,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 290
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 100,000 km; 62,000 mi) of moon Epimetheus
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 101,000 km; 63,000 mi) of moon Pandora
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 119,000 km; 74,000 mi) of moon Pan
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 744,000 km; 462,000 mi) of moon Titan

Aug. 29, 2017 – Orbit 290

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,160,000 km; 720,000 mi wrt Saturn)

Aug. 30, 2017 – Orbit 291

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 291.

Sept. 2, 2017 – Orbit 291

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 80,000 km; 50,000 mi) of moon Daphnis
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (62,000 km; 39,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 291
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 93,000 km; 58,000 mi) of moon Atlas
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

Sept. 4, 2017 – Orbit 291

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,160,000 km; 720,000 mi wrt Saturn)

Sept. 5, 2017 – Orbit 292

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 292.

Sept. 9, 2017 – Orbit 292

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 116,000 km; 72,000 mi) of moon Daphnis
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 110,000 km; 68,000 mi) of moon Atlas
  • Cassini passage through ring plane [North to South] (60,000 km; 40,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Closest distance (62,000 km; 39,000 mi) to Saturn on rev number 292
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 115,000 km; 72,000 mi) of moon Prometheus
  • Cassini views the Earth as it passes behind Saturn’s Rings

Sept. 11, 2017 – Orbit 292

  • Cassini passage through ring plane [South to North] (1,160,000 km; 720,000 mi wrt Saturn)
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 84,000 km; 52,000 mi) of moon Titan

Sept. 12, 2017 – Orbit 293

  • Farthest distance (1,300,000 km; 800,000 mi) from Saturn. Start rev number 293.

Sept. 15, 2017 – Orbit 293

  • Distant flyby (altitude = 111,000 km; 69,000 mi) of moon Janus
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 91,000 km; 57,000 mi) of moon Pan
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 86,000 km; 53,000 mi) of moon Pandora
  • Distant flyby (altitude = 92,000 km; 57,000 mi) of moon Epimetheus
  • End of mission, atmospheric entry into Saturn
Reference/Source: NASA/JPL

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