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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 »

Cassini was the mission of a lifetime for this NASA scientist. Now she must say goodbye. - Washington Post

PASADENA, Calif. — Linda Spilker checks the clock: 12:04 p.m. As the NASA scientist sits in this crowded conference room on the Caltech campus, the aging Saturn orbiter Cassini is flying past the moon Titan for a final time. The maneuver on Monday ...and more »

Watch Live as NASA's Cassini Finally Faces Its Fiery Doom - WIRED

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been ready to die for a very long time. The mission, which launched in 1997 to study Saturn and its moons, was supposed to end in 2008. Then it was supposed to call it quits in 2010. So when NASA finally put the thing in a ...and more »

Cassini's most impressive feat: Dropping a moon lander on Titan - Washington Post

The spacecraft Cassini will become a streak of ash when it tumbles into Saturn on Friday. Less than a million miles away, the probe Huygens, which Cassini launched onto Saturn's moon Titan, will be the only evidence of its partner's journey. Huygens is ...and more »

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

After 13 years at Saturn, the Cassini orbiter's explorations are coming to an end on September 15 with a dramatic dive into the ringed planet's atmosphere. This illustration depicts the spacecraft soaring above Saturn's northern hemisphere in the midst ...and more »

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

For 13 years, Cassini explored the gas giant and its moons. On Friday, it ended its mission in an elegant dive. By Brian Updated Sep 15, 2017, 10:14am EDT. tweet · share. An artist's illustration of what Cassini's final ...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 »

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 »

Analysis: Why NASA's Cassini probe had to be destroyed - PBS NewsHour

This Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will execute its final maneuver, careening into Saturn's atmosphere and melting without a trace. “Cassini's own discoveries were its demise.” Scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, many of them ...and more »

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

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 stamped on the planet with geometric intent. In short, Saturn is a refined, complicated ...and more »