End of the road for Saturn probe

Irish Examiner - - World News -

Pi­o­neer­ing Saturn probe Cassini has plunged to de­struc­tion into the planet’s at­mos­phere.

Nasa sci­en­tists planned the spec­tac­u­lar sui­cide dive to end the £2.9 bil­lion mis­sion, which has lasted 20 years and de­liv­ered a trea­sure trove of dis­cov­er­ies. At 12.55pm Ir­ish time, ra­dio con­tact with the 22ft nu­clear-pow­ered probe was lost as Cassini tum­bled to its doom 930 miles above Saturn.

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