Launched in 1997, NASA’s Cassini mission was designed to orbit Saturn, learning the planet’s rings, icy moons, and basic composition. Throughout its 13 years of circling, it additionally found weird storms on the planet’s north pole, mini-moons orbiting between the rings, and plumes of water ice spewing from its moon Enceladus. Oh, and its largest moon, Titan, turned out to be dotted with lakes of methane and lined in a thick orange haze—but would possibly however be liveable. Named for the Italian astronomer Giovanni Cassini, who found 4 of the moons and the gaps in Saturn’s rings, the craft vaporized in Saturn’s ambiance on September 15, 2017. Earlier than it died, it despatched again almost half one million pictures of many earthlings’ favourite member of the photo voltaic system. Let’s check out a few of these photos.