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NASA looks ahead to future Saturn missions as Cassini nears its end

13 Sep 2017, 20:23 UTC
NASA looks ahead to future Saturn missions as Cassini nears its end NASA / JPL-Caltech
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WASHINGTON — As NASA’s Cassini spacecraft enters its final hours orbiting Saturn, agency officials promised that NASA would return to the planet and its moons sooner rather than later. The Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since mid-2004, will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere in the early morning hours of Sept. 15. A flyby of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, on Sept. 11 put Cassini on an irreversible trajectory for that final encounter with the planet.

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