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Photo by This Friday the Cassini spacecraft plummeted into Saturn's atmosphere, culminating a 20-year voyage that captured extraordinary images of Saturn's planetary ecosystem. Thanks to Cassini, we now know that there are active volcanoes and geysers on Saturn's moons that link those faraway worlds to our own. I post this image, made at a geyser in Nevada, as a tribute to Cassini's team on planet Earth. It shows colorful, primitive bacteria clinging to the sides of the geyser's cones. If we ever find life beyond our planet, could it look like this? The scientists, engineers, and artists who made the Cassini mission possible expanded our understanding of the universe and the possibilities for life elsewhere. I imagine there will be tears shed at the Cassini Mission Control Center when the spacecraft that's been at the center of their lives for two decades comes to an end. What can we do next? Let's support more amazing missions to far-flung planets to inspire and inform us all! Follow me for more images o ...

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