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Earl Maize (left), Cassini program manager at JPL, and Julie Webster, spacecraft operations team manager for the Cassini mission at Saturn, embrace after the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn on Friday at precisely 7:55 a.m. ET. NASA/Joel Kowsky/(NASA/Joel Kowsky) hide caption

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NASA's Cassini probe has orbited Saturn for over a decade. This Friday, scientists will steer it into the gas giant's atmosphere. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute hide caption

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Cassini Spacecraft Prepares For A Fiery Farewell In Saturn's Atmosphere

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An image taken on July 19, 2013, by the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn, its rings and planet Earth, which is the tiny dot in the lower right. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute hide caption

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New NASA evidence suggests that there's a chemical reaction taking place under the moon's icy surface that could provide conditions for life. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute hide caption

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This false-color image of Enceladus shows so-called "tiger stripes" across the moon's icy surface. Researchers believe the stripes are caused by an ocean beneath the ice. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute hide caption

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NASA Spacecraft To Skim Past Saturn's Icy Moon

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New research suggests that Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus has warm oceans hiding beneath its icy crust. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute hide caption

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Researchers Think There's A Warm Ocean On Enceladus

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The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft results from gravitational effects on ring particles by an object that may be replaying the birth process of icy moons. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute hide caption

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In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute hide caption

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A mammoth spinning vortex is seen on Saturn, in this "false-color" photograph released by NASA Monday. The image was captured by the Cassini spacecraft. A related image, presenting what a human eye would see, is farther down this page. NASA hide caption

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