Cassini, NASA's 13-year Saturn mission, has ended

Contact has been lost with the Cassini spacecraft after it completed a "death dive" into the upper atmosphere of Saturn and transmitted its final signal, according to NASA.

The spacecraft deliberately sank into Saturn's upper atmosphere at a high speed and plunged itself into the planet just after 6:30 a.m. ET Friday. Given the amount of time it takes signals to reach Earth, the final signal and last bits of data reached the Deep Space Network's Canberra Station in Australia about an hour and a half later. NASA confirmed the spacecraft's demise at 7:55 a.m. ET, as predicted.For about a minute, Cassini was able to transmit new data about the planet's composition ...