NASA will destroy a $3.26 billion Saturn probe this summer to protect an alien water world

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The Cassini spacecraft, which launched toward Saturn in 1997, is running very low on fuel. To avoid running out and accidentally crashing into and contaminating a nearby moon that may harbor alien life, NASA is going to destroy the robot. Before Cassini perishes, however, it will fly between Saturn and its rings and record as much new data as possible.

Called Cassini-Huygens - or Cassini for short - the golden nuclear-powered spacecraft launched in October 1997, fell into orbit around the gas giant in July 2004, and has been documenting the planet and its dizzying variety of moons ever since.

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