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Cassini mission to Saturn - Science News Magazine

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — It's been six months since NASA's Cassini spacecraft plunged to its doom in the atmosphere of Saturn, but scientists didn't spend much time mourning. They got busy, analyzing the spacecraft's final data. The Cassini mission ...and more »

Farewell to the Cassini Probe, America's Emissary to Saturn - TIME

NASA flight planners have a long history of murdering their favorite space probes. They plan the ships, they build the ships — and at some point they wind up killing the ships. The Ranger probes — the first NASA spacecraft to touch the moon—were ...and more »

Cassini Vanishes Into Saturn, Its Mission Celebrated and Mourned - New York Times

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the intrepid robotic explorer of Saturn's magnificent beauty, ended a journey of 20 years on Friday like a shooting star streaking across Saturn's sky. By design, the probe vanished into Saturn's ...and more »

NASA crashed the $4 billion Cassini spacecraft into Saturn. It was awesome. - Vox

On Friday, September 15, at 7:55:46 am Eastern time, NASA watched its 20-year-old, $4 billion-plus spacecraft crash into Saturn. The space agency had no other choice. Cassini was nearly out of fuel and had already been stretched years beyond its ...and more »

100 Images From Cassini's Mission to Saturn - New York Times

Cassini arrived at Saturn in 2004, after a seven-year voyage. It was the first spacecraft to orbit the ringed planet. approach-PIA04913.jpg. Northern Winter. Like Earth, Saturn has a tilted axis. Cassini arrived in the depths of northern winter, with ...and more »

These Stunning Photos of Saturn Are a Beautiful Goodbye From NASA's Cassini Probe - TIME

The Cassini spacecraft will take a plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on Friday after spending 20 years flying through the solar system and commit one final act: self-destruction. The NASA spacecraft left Cape Canaveral in Florida in 1997 and has traveled ...and more »

Saturn's Polar Mystery - NOVA Next

Deep inside Saturn, buried under more than 10,000 miles of clouds, a sea of liquid hydrogen blisters and boils, racing with electricity that transforms the whole planet into a giant magnet. Planetary scientists believe this phenomenon, called a dynamo ...and more »

See the Last Pictures From the Cassini Mission to Saturn - National Geographic

Before its fatal rendezvous with Saturn's flaxen clouds early Friday morning, NASA's Cassini spacecraft delivered one last set of postcards from the planet's edge. It's a little bit like a farewell collage: In these raw, unprocessed images, the hazy ...and more »

What Saturn Can Tell Us About Earth—and Beyond - NOVA Next

PASADENA, California—Saturn, when glimpsed from afar, seems like Earth's polar opposite. It's huge, gaseous, and carts around an entourage of 62 moons. Saturn's rings alone give it a distinguished aura, and its polar jet stream is hexagonal, as though ...and more »

Cassini's “Grand Finale” Will Be a Blaze of Glory - Scientific American

All good things must come to an end. For NASA's Cassini orbiter—its fuel dwindling after 13 years exploring Saturn, along with the planet's sprawling rings and dozens of icy moons—the end will come Friday at 7:55 A.M. Eastern time. That's when ...and more »