(NBC News) The Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn early Friday morning, ending a project at NASA which lasted decades came to an emotional end.
As it ran out of fuel, the Cassini Space Probe was sent into a suicide dive while still sending data until the very end.
During its twenty year mission, Cassini revealed to NASA scientists breathtaking views of Jupiter, intense hurricanes on Saturn’s surface and two of Saturn’s icy moons; images that scientists would have never imagined the probe would reveal.
“It shows the potential for the existence of life,” says Cassini team lead Hunter Waite
Four months ago, Cassini became the first spacecraft to plunge between Saturn’s rings sending back pictures of Earth captured between the iconic rings.
It was an emotional, yet celebratory day at NASA. “It felt like we were losing a friend,” said Cassini project scientist, Linda Spiker.