You can expect any space-obsessed friends to be a little bummed out today!
After 13 years orbiting Saturn and giving us unparalleled views at our solar system, Cassini took one final plunge through the atmosphere and into the planet early this morning.
NASA posted the final footage taken by the “little spacecraft that could,” mentioning that Cassini is now a part of the planet it spent a decade studying.
The final moments in mission control are just as emotional – with team members sharing big embraces as the journey came to an end.
(I actually admire their composure, I’m pretty sure I just teared up even just watching the video of it)
NASA released a full statement on their website including a history of the 20-year mission, and some quotes from the team leaders that will make you feel a lot of things. Michael Watkins, the Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, probably summed it up best;
“It’s a bittersweet, but fond, farewell to a mission that leaves behind an incredible wealth of discoveries that have changed our view of Saturn and our solar system, and will continue to shape future missions and research.”