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WTF is floating around Saturn?

October 18th, 2017

NASA Cassini spacecraft performed its final, fateful dive into Saturn several weeks ago, destroying itself in the planet’s atmosphere and ending an incredible mission that spanned nearly two full decades. Today, even though its mechanical body has been vaporized, the information it sent back during its time in orbit continues to surprise scientists. The most …


Well, NASA’s Cassini is dead

September 15th, 2017

If you woke up this morning feeling a little down for a Friday, that might be because the entire scientific and space watching community is mourning the demise of NASA’s incredible Cassini Saturn orbiter. The spacecraft slammed headlong into Saturn’s atmosphere just hours ago, putting a fiery exclamation point on what has been a truly historic …

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Watch live as NASA tracks Cassini’s fatal plunge into Saturn

September 15th, 2017

The Cassini orbiter has provided us with some spectacular sights of Saturn and its moons over the years, but one of the spacecraft’s most important moments won’t actually be visible to any of us. Early morning on Friday, September 15th, Cassini will complete its final act as it flies headlong into Saturn’s atmosphere, destroying itself …

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is on its death dive, and you can track it live

September 13th, 2017

It’s been NASA’s plan for months, but now that it’s here it’s an incredibly bittersweet moment: Cassini, the spacecraft which has sent back some jaw-dropping images and data from Saturn, is currently making its final plunge towards the planet, and it won’t survive the trip. Bringing an end to its epic 13-year mission, the reliable …

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The final countdown has begun for NASA’s Cassini

September 6th, 2017

In less than 10 days, NASA’s heroic Cassini orbiter will make its suicidal dive into the surface of Saturn, bringing an end to a truly historic mission that has surpassed all expectations. Here’s what’s going to happen when Cassini when it makes its final, fateful cruise into the planet it has been studying nearly all …