Cassini spacecraft goes out in a blaze of glory

20-year mission to Saturn ends this morning as the last signal is sent; 1,500 team members hold a vigil.
1:03 | 09/15/17

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And explore exceeding all expectations. Tonight Cassini is gone sent in to saturn's atmosphere for a fiery finale. Of its twenty year mission of discovery. The first craft circling saturn's rings sending spectacular images Cassini was running out of fuel snapping a final photo as it descended. Until silence we have a lot. The spacecraft responsible for striking scientific breakthroughs finding oceans on two of the planet's moons suggesting the possibility of life disintegrated with its teams saying farewell to the faithful explorer. I'm going to call this the end of mission. Project manager often that. A celebration unsuccessfully. Incinerating Cassini to avoid contaminating saturn's moons the hope to someday return to Saturn and build on the cosmic accomplishments. Of Cassini. In opening up a new world. David Curley ABC news Washington.

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