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RIP Cassini: Historic Final Mission Ends With Plunge Into Saturn

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NASA received its last data transmission from Cassini at 4:55:46 a.m. PDT (7:55:46 a.m. EDT, 1146 GMT) today (Sept. 15), before the probe as it hurtled into Saturn's atmosphere.

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Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Friday September 15, 2017, 5:30 pm
It was a fiery grand finale for the probe, which spent 13 years orbiting the ringed planet. NASA officials expect that Cassini broke apart about 45 seconds after that final transmission, due to the intense friction and heat generated by the fall.

"I hope you're all ... deeply proud of this amazing accomplishment," Earl Maize, the Cassini program manager, said to the mission team after the spacecraft signal was lost. "Congratulations to you all. This has been an incredible mission, an incredible spacecraft, and you're all an incredible team. I'm going to call this the end of mission."

On site find a link to the last photographs from Cassini.

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Animae C (506)
Friday September 15, 2017, 5:40 pm
Watched the vid, awesome final shots!

TY Fiona

Kathleen M (211)
Friday September 15, 2017, 6:05 pm
S&N. Totally wicked cool! Thx for sharing Fiona.

David C (115)
Friday September 15, 2017, 6:24 pm
thanks, amazing story

Freya H (358)
Friday September 15, 2017, 6:33 pm
RIP Cassini Probe. Thanks for all those data.

Peggy B (43)
Saturday September 16, 2017, 2:48 pm
Well worth our tax money.

Lenore K (0)
Saturday September 16, 2017, 6:30 pm

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Sunday September 17, 2017, 6:13 pm

Lenore K (0)
Sunday September 17, 2017, 6:15 pm

Sue L (62)
Sunday September 17, 2017, 8:40 pm
I so enjoyed watching the PBS show the other night. I even got to see an old boyfriend who works at JPL!

Winn Adams (179)
Monday September 18, 2017, 6:57 am

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Monday September 18, 2017, 6:02 pm

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Tuesday September 19, 2017, 3:49 pm
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