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Watch as NASA's Cassini spacecraft sends its last signal to EarthNASA engineers and scientists crashed the Cassini spacecraft into Saturn on Friday, ending the 20-year-old explorer's mission. See how it unfolded live on NASA TV.
You're watching live coverage of Cassini's final hour from NASA's jet propulsion laboratory. JP is located Lan County Ridge in Pasadena and managed by the California Institute of Technology. Let's take a look at our last hour display or display shows that we are just over 7 minutes away From the end of mission. [BLANK_AUDIO] Yeah, yeah. [INAUDIBLE] Right on time. [BLANK_AUDIO] Radio signal still holding. 30 seconds. [BLANK_AUDIO] Systems lead, mission planning. Go ahead mission [INAUDIBLE] Spacecraft has just crossed ten degrees north latitude, altitude 1,000 miles. Copy, thank you. Are we ready for [UNKNOWN]? [INAUDIBLE] Go ahead [UNKNOWN] We have loss of signal and [INAUDIBLE] [BLANK_AUDIO] [INAUDIBLE] [BLANK_AUDIO] Project manager, flight director. Go ahead. Okay, we call loss of signal, loss of X-band at [BLANK_AUDIO] I lost the signal at one one five four six for the s band so that will be the end of the spacecraft. Copy that. Project manager on SFO accord. Maybe a trickle of telemetry left but just heard the signal from the spacecraft just go on and within the next 45 seconds so will be the spacecraft. I hope you're all As deeply proud of this amazing accomplishment. Congratulations to you all. This has been an incredible mission, an incredible space craft, and you're all an incredible team. I'm gonna call this the end of mission. Project manager off the net. [APPLAUSE] [SOUND]