NASA’s groundbreaking Cassini probe is dead after 20 years of exploring Saturn on nuclear power

September 15, 2017
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The Cassini spacecraft was destroyed at Saturn on Friday around 6:32 a.m. EDT.
It took more than an hour for the probe’s last signal to reach antennas on Earth.
NASA’s $3.26-billion mission was ended to prevent contaminating oceans of Saturn’s moons — water that may harbor alien life.
The space agency is now reviewing a handful of proposals to return to Saturn.

With the crackle and fade of a signal beamed from 932 million miles away, NASA’s 20-year Cassini mission at Saturn came to an end on Friday morning.

The bus-size Cassini probe began its descent into Saturn around 6:31 a.m. EDT, local time, while …read more

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