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Cassini’s Saturn Mission Goes Out In A Blaze Of Glory

Enlarge this image Still from a computer-animated film depicting Cassini’s final orbits. NASA/JPL hide caption toggle caption NASA/JPL Updated at 8 a.m. ET Controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent a final command Friday morning to the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. Not long after, accounting for the vast distance the message traveled, the order was received, putting the craft into a suicidal swan dive, plunging into the ringed planet’s atmosphere. At about 7:55 a.m. ET, Project Manager Earl Maize called “end of mission” after the team lost communications from the…

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