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Interactive video lesson plan for: Crazy Engineering: Astrodynamics

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn for nearly 13 years, is beginning its Grand Finale — and it's thanks to some Crazy Engineering! A team of engineers called astrodynamicists used math and physics to plot a course for the hardy spacecraft that would send it on a series of dives through the gap between Saturn and its famous rings. And as always, the efforts of these engineers are helping to enable some truly thrilling exploration and scientific discovery. More information about Cassini's Grand Finale is available at

Tagged under: NASA,Jet Propulsion Laboratory,JPL,space,exploration,planets,Cassini,Huygens,astrodynamics,Grand Finale,Saturn,rings,moons,planetary protection,ring-grazing,Titan,hexagon,gravity assist,astrodynamicist,Mike Meacham,Morgan Cable,Brent Buffington

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