NASA picked the 100 greatest images of Saturn from its Cassini mission — here are some of the best
After 13 years of orbiting Saturn and its moons, NASA’s bus-size Cassini probe is now a puff of radioactive vapor in the planet’s swirling clouds.
Space agency leaders knew this day would come since 2010, when they decided to empty Cassini’s tanks to continue exploring Saturn as long as possible.
Without a means of controlling the probe, they reasoned, Cassini had to be destroyed. This would prevent it crashing into Saturn’s icy moons Enceladus and Titan — which hide vast, salty, global oceans that may be habitable to alien life — since Cassini left Earth contaminated with small amounts of bacteria.
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