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Cassini Crashes Into Saturn, Its Mission Celebrated and Mourned

This shows the location in the ringed planet’s atmosphere where the spacecraft made impact and then vaporized.Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute The last photographs taken by Cassini started streaming back to Earth on Thursday.

The most resilient bits were probably the casings around its plutonium power source: The 72 marshmallow-size pellets are encased in iridium and graphite containers designed to withstand re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere or an explosion at launch.

Cassini’s final bits of information, collected by radio dishes in Australia, arrived at Earth at 7:55 a.m. Eastern time after traveling about one billion miles from Saturn.

The orbiter became Cassini, built and operated by NASA; the Titan Probe was named Huygens, a project of the European Space Agency.

The data from Huygens, together with that gathered by Cassini in repeated flybys, revealed Titan as a world shaped by active geological processes with rivers, lakes and rain.

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