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Cassini’s Spectacular Legacy — And Nod To The Future

Enlarge this image An artist’s rendition of the future Europa Clipper probing Jupiter’s moon Europa for potential life. NASA hide caption toggle caption NASA If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, what NASA’s Cassini mission has left for us is indeed a treasure. Launched in 1997, the mission terminated dramatically last week with the probe’s final plunge into Saturn’s upper atmosphere. During its 13 years near Saturn, the mission has revealed the unexpected and spectacular richness of Saturn and its 62 (known so far) moons. This…

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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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