Cassini’s Grand Finale – 5 Years on

On the 15th of September 2017 the completing the last of it’s ‘Grand Finale’ maneuvers the space craft Cassini entered Saturn’s atmosphere and burned up. This ended a mission that began with it’s launch in 1997 with the exploration mission lasting 13 years from 2004 until it’s destruction in September 2017 when the last images were beamed to Earth from Saturn as it dived into it’s clouds.

While this device, this probe was not a person, it was a spectacular feat of engineering, borne from the passion of the humans that built and operated it to explore and discover. Explore and discover we did, new moons, new possibilities, new mysteries and new challenges have come and will come from the Cassini data for decades to come.

I wanted to commemorate the 5 years that have passed since Cassini with a piece of art, it’s nothing amazing and a little late but I have created it. It’s not how it appeared in my head, but it’s not bad.



© Simon Farnell 2022 – Cassini – 5 Years On



The Legacy of Cassini just like all the other missions will never be fully realised until long after it’s ended.


This Gallery below if just some of the images from the mission.

All images above are property of NASA / ESA and credit is given as such.




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9 thoughts on “Cassini’s Grand Finale – 5 Years on

  1. Has it really been five years already? Somehow it feels more recent to me. Cassini was an incredible mission. Kept going way longer than anyone expected, and it was sad to see it come to an end.

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