END OF MIS­SION

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SUNDAY LIVING - By KURT SNIBBE | South­ern Cal­i­for­nia News Group

The Cassini space probe ended its nearly 20-year mis­sion Fri­day when it ran out of fuel and crashed into Saturn's at­mos­phere. The space­craft had trav­eled more than 4.9 bil­lion miles and was the first craft to or­bit Saturn.

The last im­age taken from Cassini was at 12:58 p.m., Sept. 14. The be­gin­nings of the Cassini–Huy­gens space probe go back to 1982, when the Euro­pean Sci­ence Foun­da­tion and the Amer­i­can Na­tional Acad­emy of Sciences formed a work­ing group to in­ves­ti­gate fu­ture co­op­er­a­tive mis­sions. It is con­sid­ered a flag­ship for in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion in space ex­plo­ration.

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