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Cassini–Huygens is an unmanned spacecraft sent to the planet Saturn. It is a Flagship-class NASA–ESA–ASI robotic spacecraft.

Cassini is the fourth space probe to visit Saturn and the first to enter orbit, and its mission is ongoing as of April 2017.

It has studied the planet and its many natural satellites since arriving there in 2004

Google celebrate Cassini Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and its Rings! with doodle

Cassini is currently planned to be destroyed by diving into the planet's atmosphere on September 15, 2017, when it will beam its last batch of images.

Cassini was developed simultaneously with the Comet Rendezvous Asteroid Flyby (CRAF) spacecraft, but budget cuts and project rescopings forced NASA to terminate CRAF development to save Cassini.

Cassini Size: 6.7 metres high by 4.0 metres wide and Weight: 5712 kilograms

Powered by: Nuclear thermoelectric generators, packed with 30 kilograms of plutonium

Launched on: 15 October 1997

Distance travelled on journey to Saturn: 3.5 billion kilometres

The Cassini space probe performed two gravitational-assist flybys of Venus on April 26, 1998, and June 24, 1999.

These flybys provided the space probe with enough momentum to travel all the way out to the asteroid belt. At that point, the Sun's gravity pulled the space probe back into the inner Solar System.

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