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The Cassini spacecraft: Amazing photos of Saturn

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 23: The view is a mosaic of 36 images -- that is, 12 separate sets of red, green and blue images -- taken over the course of about 2.5 hours, as Cassini scanned across the entire main ring system.

On Sept. 15, 2017, Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft will end its historic 20-year mission of exploring Saturn. In its "Grand Finale" phase, the spacecraft will enter Saturn's atmosphere by passing through the gaps between the planet and its inner rings. It will continue to collect data before entering Saturn's atmosphere following which it will burn and disintegrate like a meteor. Click on to see some amazing images of the planet and its moons taken during the mission.

(Pictured) A mosaic of 36 images taken over the course of two-and-half hours on Jan. 19, 2007, shows Saturn's entire main ring system.

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