Cassini: Photos from NASA probe's 13-year mission (20 images)

Cassini, the NASA probe that spent the past 13 years exploring Saturn, its moons and surrounding planets, ended its mission on Friday.

NASA ended the Cassini mission by sending the probe into Saturn's atmosphere, which ripped the spacecraft apart as it continued to transmit data back to Earth.

NASA will continue to sift through Cassini's images.
Updated: Sept. 15, 2017 at 1:22 PM
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Cassini program manager at JPL, Earl Maize, is seen in mission control as he monitors the Cassini spacecraft at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., as the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn on September 15, 2017. Photo by Joel Kowski/NASA/UPI
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Cassini program manager at JPL, Earl Maize packs up his workspace in mission control after the end of the Cassini mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on September 15, 2017. Photo by Joel Kowski/NASA/UPI
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Cassini program manager at JPL, Earl Maize (L), and spacecraft operations team manager for the Cassini mission at Saturn, Julie Webster (R), embrace at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., after the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn on September 15, 2017. Since its arrival in 2004, the Cassini-Huygens mission has been a discovery machine, revolutionizing our knowledge of the Saturn system and captivating us with data and images never before obtained with such detail and clarity. Operators deliberately plunged the spacecraft into Saturn, as Cassini gathered science until the end. Photo by Joel Kowski/NASA/UPI
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This composite image shows an infrared view of Saturn's moon Titan from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, acquired during the mission's "T-114" flyby on November 13, 2015. The scene features the parallel, dark, dune-filled regions named Fensal (to the north) and Aztlan (to the south), which form the shape of a sideways letter "H." Photo by NASA/UPI
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Saturn's active, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus sinks behind the giant planet in a farewell portrait from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, taken on September 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back. Photo by NASA/UPI
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's north pole on April 26, 2017, the day it began its Grand Finale. Cassini's long mission at Saturn enabled the spacecraft to see the Sun rise over the north, revealing that region in great detail for the first time. Photo by NASA/UPI
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 7 degrees below the ring plane. The image was taken in green light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on March 31, 2017. Photo by NASA/UPI
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