|So Long, Cassini! Space.com Says Goodbye to the Saturn Probe|
"Today, Sept. 15, Cassini crashed into Saturn after 13 years spent orbiting the ringed planet...Powered by plutonium the $3.9 billion spacecraft slingshotted around Venus twice and Earth once before traveling on to Jupiter to accelerate enough to reach Saturn in 2004. The spacecraft traveled 4.9 billion miles (7.9 billion kilometers) during its mission, circled Saturn 293 times, discovered six moons and observed dozens more. It dropped the European Space Agency's Huygens probe on Titan, the first-ever landing in the outer solar system.
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