The spacecraft Cassini is pictured above Saturn's northern hemisphere prior to making one of its Grand Finale dives in this NASA handout illustration obtained by Reuters August 29, 2017.   NASA/Handout via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

One of the most successful space mission’s, Cassini, has come to spectacular end. The probe was plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere earlier on Friday. Cassini soon fell silent after breaking apart on entry. It was a violent finale to a space odyssey which began nearly 20 years ago. The craft took 7 years to reach Saturn, but once there it transformed our understanding of the sixth planet from the Sun, sending back spectacular images.

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