Cassini Comes Crashing Down

After traveling 4.9 billion miles since its 1997  launch, NASA’s spacecraft Cassini has burned into Saturn’s atmosphere at over 69 thousand miles per hour.

Friday, at 4:55 a.m. Pacific time, it crashed into Saturn, 890 million miles from Earth. 

Cassini’s mission was to photograph our solar system, and it succeeded in sending back pictures that completely changed how scientists thought about Saturn. Now that journey has ended. Before its demise, it provided us with some of the most impressive photos ever taken of outer space. 

For a grand tour by National Geographic of Cassini’s voyage, visit:

And for a Cassini mission overview by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology, visit: