Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, awaited the final transmission from the Cassini spacecraft as it plunged into Saturn's atmosphere ending its 20-year voyage of discovery.

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Mission Control: Systems ACS 1. We just had condition high rate mode. And we are in the atmosphere. We have loss of signal at [unintelligible].

Project manager. Flight director.

Go ahead.

Julie Webster: We call loss of signal at 11:55:46.

Earl Maize: This is project manager on FSO co-ord. There may be a trickle of telemetry left, but you just heard the signal from the spacecraft is gone and, in 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 spacecraft, and you're all an incredible team!

I'm going to call this the end of mission. Project manager off the net.

[applause]

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