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Cassini left Earth in 1997, starting a long, lonely mission to meet Saturn. It arrived in 2004, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit the ringed planet. And now, after carefully courting Saturn over the past 13 years, Cassini has finally taken the plunge. It became one with the gas giant on Sept. 15, as NASA deliberately crashed Cassini into the planet it was born to study.