Produced by: A NOVA Production by Terri Randall Productions, Inc. for WGBH Boston.
Finalist in: Earth & Sky
Almost everything we know today about Saturn comes from Cassini, the NASA mission that launched in 1997 and arrived at the giant ringed planet in 2004. Since then, the spacecraft has been beaming home images and scientific data, revealing countless wonders about the planet. As the mission approaches its final days in 2017, it attempts one last set of daring maneuvers: diving between the innermost ring and the top of Saturn's atmosphere. Join NASA engineers for the tense moments as they find out if their gambit has paid off, and discover the wonders that Cassini has revealed over the years.