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Cassini crashes into Saturn — but could still deliver big discoveries

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A crazy, beautiful sunrise and the conjunction of the moon and Venus over Washington

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After Cassini’s End at Saturn, Outer Planets Exploration Shifts to Jupiter

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NASA Nominee Wants to Study Climate Change—on Mars

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Mock Mars Crew Emerges from Dome in Hawaii After 8 Months of Isolation

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Six NASA Scientists Isolated On Mars-Like Volcano For Eight months Due To Step Out Sunday

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Saturn probe heads towards destruction

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Cassini's End Marks New Beginning for Exploration of Saturn
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Alaska Native interns with NASA, helps with Mars mission
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Cassini spacecraft: 'Magnifying glass' at Saturn until end
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NASA spacecraft, which expanded the search for life beyond Earth, dies in Saturn's sky
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Saturn probe heads towards destruction
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Cassini, NASA’s 13-year Saturn mission, has ended
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Cassini spacecraft: 'Magnifying glass' at Saturn until end
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Cassini crashes into Saturn, its mission celebrated and mourned
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Cassini, the NASA spacecraft that expanded the search for life beyond Earth, dies in Saturn’s sky
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As NASA’s Cassini mission flames out over Saturn, scientists mark bittersweet end of mission
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See Enceladus set behind Saturn and Cassini's last view of the ringed planet
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Cassini, NASA's 13-year Saturn mission, has ended
(CNN) -- Contact has been lost with the Cassini spacecraft after it completed a "death dive" into the upper atmosphere of Saturn and transmitted its final signal, according to NASA. The spacecraft deliberately sank into Saturn's upper atmosphere at a high speed and plunged itself into the planet just after 6:30a.m. ET Friday. Given the amount of time it takes signals to reach Earth, the final signal and last bits of data reached the Deep Space Network's Canberra Station in Australia about an hour and a half later   Read More ...
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Cassini spacecraft: 'Magnifying glass' at Saturn until end
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Cassini spacecraft ends 13-year Saturn odyssey by burning into planet
(Reuters) - U.S. space agency NASA received the final signal from its Cassini spacecraft, which ended a groundbreaking 13-year Saturn mission on Friday with a meteor-like plunge into the planet’s atmosphere, transmitting data until the final moment. Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, ended its mission at 7:55 a.m. EDT (1155 GMT), shortly after it lost contact with Earth as it entered the gas giant’s crushing atmosphere at about 70,000 miles an hour (113,000 km per hour), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said   Read More ...
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Cassini spacecraft: 'Magnifying glass' at Saturn until end
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For more than a decade, NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn took "a magnifying glass" to the enchanting planet, its moons and rings. Cassini revealed wet, exotic worlds that might harbor life: the moons Enceladus and Titan. It unveiled moonlets embedded in the rings. It also gave us front-row seats to Saturn's changing seasons and a storm so vast that it encircled the planet   Read More ...
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Cassini spacecraft ends 13-year Saturn odyssey by burning into planet
REUTERS: U.S. space agency NASA received the final signal from its Cassini spacecraft, which ended a groundbreaking 13-year Saturn mission on Friday with a meteor-like plunge into the planet's atmosphere, transmitting data until the final moment. Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, ended its mission at 7:55 a.m. EDT (1155 GMT), shortly after it lost contact with Earth as it entered the gas giant's crushing atmosphere at about 70,000 miles an hour (113,000 km per hour), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said   Read More ...
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NASA waits for word that Saturn spacecraft met fiery end
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA waited for confirmation Friday that the Cassini spacecraft had burned up in the sky over Saturn. Cassini had been put on a course to plunge through Saturn’s atmosphere and vaporize like a meteor at the end of its 20-year journey exploring the planet. Flight controllers at California’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory expected one last burst of scientific data from Cassini, before the radio waves go flat — and the spacecraft falls silent   Read More ...
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NASA waits for word that Saturn spacecraft met fiery end
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA waited for confirmation Friday that the Cassini spacecraft had burned up in the sky over Saturn. Cassini had been put on a course to plunge through Saturn's atmosphere and vaporize like a meteor at the end of its 20-year journey exploring the planet. Flight controllers at California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory expected one last burst of scientific data from Cassini, before the radio waves go flat — and the spacecraft falls silent   Read More ...
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Fiery farewell to cap Cassini spacecraft’s 13-year Saturn mission
U.S. space agency NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will end its groundbreaking 13-year mission to Saturn on Friday with a meteor-like plunge into the ringed planet’s atmosphere, transmitting data until the final fiery moment. Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, is expected to lose contact with Earth at 7:55 a.m. EDT (1155 GMT) shortly after it enters the gas giant’s crushing atmosphere at about 70,000 miles per hour (113,000 km per hour), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said   Read More ...
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The Cassini spacecraft just crashed into Saturn
PASADENA, Calif. — NASA scientists just received their last-ever message from the Cassini spacecraft, which plunged into Saturn early Friday morning. Those final bits of data signal the end of one of the most successful planetary science missions in history. The pioneering probe was the first to orbit Saturn; launched in 1997 and inserted into orbit in 2004, it revolutionized our understanding of the ringed planet   Read More ...
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