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NASA's Cassini spacecraft disintegrated in the skies above Saturn early Friday in a final, fateful blaze of cosmic glory, following a remarkable journey of 20 years.The radio waves went flat, and the spacecraft fell silent.The only spacecraft to ever orbit Saturn, Cassini showed us the planet, its rings and moons up close in all their glory.Dutiful to the end, the spacecraft sampled Saturn's atmosphere Friday morning as it made its final plunge.Project scientist Linda Spilker noted Cassini has been running "a marathon of scientific discovery" for 13 years at Saturn.The spacecraft tumbled out of control while plummeting at more than 122,000 kph.
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