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Cassini probe incinerates on entry to Saturn

"Cassini has been a masterpiece of science and engineering.

"To successfully complete the missions that it has, over such a long period of time, is a phenomenal achievement. It is a testament to the strict disciplines used in the design and manufacture of spacecraft and the preparation for their missions that Cassini – and its probe Huygens – has produced such a remarkable performance in the most complex of conditions."

Dr William Crofts Director of Warwick Satellite Programme, School of Engineering, 

“During its lifetime, Cassini (and Huygens) have given us remarkable insights into Saturn and its moons.

"The science enabled by this mission has changed our ideas about the habitability of the Solar system, and affected our understanding of planet formation. The Grand Finale, which has taught us about the iconic rings, and will even sample the planet’s atmosphere for the first time, has been the icing on the cake."

Dr David Brown, postdoctoral researcher working in the field of extra-Solar planets

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