>> Call loss of signal at 115546 for the S bands, so that would be the end of the spacecraft.>> And just like that, NASAs Cassini spacecraft was gone, losing contact as it plunged into Saturn's atmosphere and ending a mission that's lasted 13 years. For Cassini Program Manager Earl Maize and his team, it was an emotional end to an extraordinary journey.
>> I hope you're all as deeply proud of this amazing accomplishment.>> Cassini launched in 1997, it took seven years to reach the ringed planet, and once it arrived, the spacecraft got straight to work. Over 13 years, discovering seasonal changes on Saturn, ice plumes spouting from the moon Enceladus, and identifying a resemblance to a primordial Earth on the moon Titan.
The end of Cassini's odyssey was met with applause, hugs, and tears back on Earth.>> I'm going to call this the end of mission. Project manager, off the net.
>> Cassini's final transmissions are expected to include unprecedented data from Saturn's upper atmosphere, one last set of discoveries from a groundbreaking mission.