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Cassini, which launched in 1997 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and arrived at Saturn in 2004, has ended its 20-year mission.

Traveling 746 million miles, Cassini arrived to Saturn in 2004. Initially, Cassini was meant to have a lifespan of only 11 years, but its mission was extended twice to have it photograph Saturn’s frozen moons.

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Indeed, it is Cassini’s imaging of the oceans on these icy moons which changed many Scientists’ views of where to search for life beyond Earth.

Spilker, Cassini project scientist said, “Cassini may be gone, but its scientific bounty will keep us occupied for many years. We’ve only scratched the surface of what we can learn from the mountain of data it has sent back over its lifetime.”

Cassini ended itself in a dramatic finish by plunging into a blaze of glory in the atmosphere of Saturn.

20 year Saturn space mission ends for Cassinihttp://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/9653938255-450x312.jpghttp://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/9653938255-150x150.jpg Damian Parsons FeaturedRecentTech
Cassini, which launched in 1997 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and arrived at Saturn in 2004, has ended its 20-year mission. Traveling 746 million miles, Cassini arrived to Saturn in 2004. Initially, Cassini was meant to have a lifespan of only 11 years, but its mission was...
Cassini, which launched in 1997 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and arrived at Saturn in 2004, has ended its 20-year mission.<span id="more-12087"></span> Traveling 746 million miles, Cassini arrived to Saturn in 2004. Initially, Cassini was meant to have a lifespan of only 11 years, but its mission was extended twice to have it photograph Saturn's frozen moons. <h5>Gallery (click to enlarge)</h5> Indeed, it is Cassini's imaging of the oceans on these icy moons which changed many Scientists' views of where to search for life beyond Earth. Spilker, Cassini project scientist said, "Cassini may be gone, but its scientific bounty will keep us occupied for many years. We've only scratched the surface of what we can learn from the mountain of data it has sent back over its lifetime." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5ZrSKpbdSg&feature=youtu.be Cassini ended itself in a dramatic finish by plunging into a blaze of glory in the atmosphere of Saturn.

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