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Google doodle illustrates Cassini spacecraft's final mission

After 20 years in space, Cassini is getting a Google doodle-style send off.

The Cassini probe is starting its final mission.


While NASA's Cassini spacecraft is busy diving between Saturn and its rings to snap some pictures, Google is honoring it with an animated doodle.

The doodle shows Cassini, camera in hand, shooting away as it passes by the planet. And then-- because who could resist-- taking a quick selfie.

Cassini has been collecting data on Saturn and its moons for 13 years. Now it's starting its Grand Finale, which involves making those dives between the planet and its rings before taking a plunge on September 15, 2017. That's the closest to Saturn a spacecraft's ever gotten.

Cassini was first launched in 1997.