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  1. Cassini-Huygens: a 30-year space odyssey

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    August 30, 2017

    Cassini-Huygens is a joint NASA-ESA mission to Saturn and its moons. As the mission prepares to take its curtain call, Christophe Sotin, Chief Scientist, Solar System Exploration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, looks back at the genesis of the project.

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  2. Cassini: Destination Moons

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    September 6, 2017

    In the space of 13 years, Cassini observed Saturn and devoted a lot of attention to its moons. With the mission now about to end, Patrick Michel, astrophysicist, planetologist and research director at the Côte d’Azur Observatory in Nice, reflects on the discoveries it has made about the planet’s natural satellites.

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  3. Grand Finale- Cassini bids farewell

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    September 14, 2017

    15 September 2017 will mark the end of the Cassini mission, after 13 years exploring the Saturn system. With its fuel fast running out, the spacecraft will plunge into the gas giant’s atmosphere where it will acquire one last series of science data before breaking up and falling silent forever. Philippe Zarka, astrophysics research director at the LESIA space and astrophysics instrumentation research laboratory at the Paris Observatory, takes us through Cassini’s final minutes.

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  4. Cassini’s Saturnian legacy

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    September 1, 2017

    Since entering orbit around Saturn in July 2004, the Cassini spacecraft has studied the planet and its moons from every angle. Before its dramatic dive into the gas giant’s atmosphere and its final demise on 15 September, Thierry Fouchet, a lecturer at Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC) and research scientist at the Paris Observatory, reviews its 13 years of discoveries.

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  5. Cassini- Exploring beneath Enceladus’ icy crust

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    September 8, 2017

    Besides studying Saturn and its rings, a good deal of the Cassini mission focused on the planet’s moons. Among those where the most discoveries have been made is Enceladus, an icy but surprisingly active world. Gabriel Tobie, a research scientist at the LPGN planetology and geodynamics laboratory in Nantes, gives us the details.

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  6. Saturn’s rings through the eyes of Cassini

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    September 4, 2017

    As well as studying Saturn and its moons, Cassini also trained its sights on the planet’s rings, analysing their composition, structure and dynamics to learn more about the physics of these very special features. Sébastien Charnoz, an astrophysicist at Paris Diderot University and research scientist at the IPGP global physics institute in Paris, looks back at what the mission has found.

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