Good­bye Dione

Air & Space Smithsonian - - Chatter -

IT’S THE BE­GIN­NING of the end for NASA’S Cassini mis­sion, which made its last flyby of Saturn’s moon Dione on Au­gust 17. The rocky moon (Saturn’s rings be­hind) is con­stantly show­ered by icy gey­sers from Ence­ladus. Af­ter 20 years in the Saturn sys­tem, Cassini will be sent to crash into the planet in 2017.

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