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  1. Watch NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Plunge Into Saturn’s Atmosphere, Ending its 20-year Journey

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    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was in service for 20 years, 13 of which it spent orbiting the Saturn system.

    After successfully completing its two missions, the spacecraft was recently retired by being sent to its demise by way of diving into Saturn’s atmosphere and tearing apart.

    Cassini’s legacy will certainly live on as it gave us more knowledge about Saturn’s moons, mapped the planet’s rings and giant storms, and took numerous marvellous photos during its voyage.

    Experience the Cassini spacecraft’s fiery end below.

  2. NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Will Skirt The Rings of Saturn Before Plummeting to Its Death

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    NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft was launched back in October of 1997 where it would eventually arrive at Saturn 7 years later.

    Since then, the spacecraft has spent 12 years orbiting the planet but will soon meet its demise after operating in Saturn’s orbit three times longer than originally expected.

    Over the years, Cassini has been responsible for a wide range of discoveries from vast lakes of methane to pertinent data regarding the composition of Saturn and its rings.

    However, the spacecraft’s fuel will run out soon and as result NASA plans to crash Cassini into Saturn after skirting the planet’s rings in a last ditch attempt to collect particle samples on November 30th.

    Next year, on September 15, 2017, at 8:07 a.m. ET, Cassini will make its final flight into the clouds of Saturn and transmit its last bit of invaluable information before burning up and plummeting to its death.