Why NASA’s Cassini will take a fiery swan dive into Saturn

JUDY WOODRUFF: This Friday, the Cassini spacecraft is set to end its long tour of Saturn with a fatal plunge into the planet. It’s been a workhorse and source for much of what we know about Saturn. It will beam back images until its final moments from some 800 million miles away.

William Brangham has more. It’s the focus of this week’s Leading Edge.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Some of the numbers involved in the Cassini mission are truly mind-blowing.

More than 290 orbits of Saturn, nearly five...

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