Cassini’s Saturn mission – how it all began

NASA’s image of the day looks back to 15 October 1997 and the launch of a Titan IVB/Centaur carrying the Cassini orbiter and its attached Huygens probe on its way to Saturn.

After a seven-year journey of nearly 3.5 billion kilometres, the spacecraft arrived in the Saturn system on 30 June 2004.

Cassini completed its four-year primary mission in 2008 and went on to perform dozens more flybys of Titan, Enceladus and Saturn’s other icy moons.

It is currently wrapping up its time in the region . Images from the flyby will provide the first opportunity for a close-up look at the north polar region of Enceladus.

For some of our past coverage in Cosmos magazine of the groundbreaking mission, see:

Could Saturn’s moon hold life?

The secret life of Enceladus

Could there be life in Titan’s methane sea?

Or you can catch up on our news coverage of the mission

Bill Condie

Bill Condie

Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.

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