The final phase of the Cassini spacecraft's remarkable mission, scheduled to begin in late 2016, will be dubbed the "Grand Finale,"
With input from more than 2,000 members of the public, team members on
Starting in late 2016, the Cassini spacecraft will begin a daring set of orbits that
The spacecraft will repeatedly climb high above Saturn's
Because the spacecraft will be in close proximity to Saturn, the team had been calling this phase "the proximal orbits," but they felt the public could help decide on a more exciting name. In early April, the Cassini mission invited the public to vote on a list of alternative names provided by team members or to suggest ideas of their own.
"We chose a name for this mission phase that would reflect the exciting journey ahead while acknowledging that it's a big finish for what has been a truly great show," said
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of
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