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September 17, 2017: Cassini Completes Its Mission To Saturn


NASA's Cassini spacecraft has made its final descent into Saturn, crashing through the clouds after two decades of amazing data-gathering. Most of what we know about Saturn comes from this one plucky explorer, and we're better for it. Right until the end, Cassini was sending us new information about Saturn, even after 20 years of research. 

I remember when Cassini launched in 1997; it was a pretty big deal to my science teachers at the time, and that was right around when I got caught up with astronomy and space. Here's hoping the Cassini sequel is just as successful and finds even more about our celestial neighbors. Here's to future space exploration!

-- Hunter Shelburne

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