NASA's $3.9bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn

NASA's $3.9bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into SaturnAfter 20 years in space, NASA’s famed Cassini spacecraft made an intentional death plunge into Saturn on Friday, ending a storied mission that scientists say taught us nearly everything we know about Saturn today and transformed the way we think about life elsewhere in the solar system. Cassini, an international project that cost $3.9 billion and included scientists from 27 nations, disintegrated as it dove into Saturn’s atmosphere at a speed of 75,000 miles per hour (120,700 kilometers per hour). Cassini’s final contact with Earth came at 7:55 a.m. EDT (1155 GMT).


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