A model of the Cassini spacecraft is seen at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) September 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Signs Off After Marathon of Scientific Discovery

Cassini disintegrated as it plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere Friday morning, capping a 20-year journey that has changed the way researchers view the potential for life in the solar system.

Published On 09/15/2017
10:01 AM EDT
Cassini science team members await the final loss of signal from the Cassini spacecraft, indicating Cassini's destruction in Saturn's atmosphere and the end of Cassini's 20-year mission to gain a better understanding of the ringed planet and its icy moons, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California on September 15, 2017. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)