On Sept. 15 a nuclear-powered spacecraft the size of a school bus is scheduled to plunge into the clouds of Saturn, bringing the 27-year Cassini orbital mission to a close. The mission has changed the way we view the famous ringed planet itself as well as the evolution of the Solar System and the possibility that Earth is not the only place in it where life may have arisen. “I have this very strong feeling that it will go down in history as one of the most, if not the most, ...

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