The Fabulous Success And Fiery Death Of Cassini04:13
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With this view, Cassini captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)
With this view, Cassini captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)
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After 20 years of travel and nearly 5 billion miles, the Cassini spacecraft came to a fiery end Friday morning. The spacecraft circled Saturn almost 300 times and gave scientists an unprecedented look at the giant planet.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with NPR's Joe Palca (@joesbigidea), who was at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for Cassini's end.

This segment aired on September 15, 2017.

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