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Why NASA is going to vaporize one of its best spacecraft

Cassini's "grand finale" begins April 23
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Artist illustration of Cassini preparing to dip its toes into Saturn's atmosphere. The spacecraft will meet a violent end as it plummets through the atmosphere on September 15, 2017.

All good things must come to an end. On April 23, Cassini will begin its final quest into oblivion.

Flying at over 76,000 miles per hour, the spacecraft will zip through an

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