Cassini's Saturn Mission Goes Out In A Blaze Of Glory

Cassini's Saturn Mission Goes Out In A Blaze Of Glory
Cassini program manager at JPL, Earl Maize, left, and spacecraft operations team manager for the Cassini mission at Saturn, Julie Webster embrace after the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn, on Friday at precisely 7:55 a.m. ET.

The NASA probe that has spent the past 13 years making countless discoveries about the ringed planet and its moons was taken out of orbit and sent plunging into Saturn's atmosphere.

(Image credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky/(NASA/Joel Kowsky))