An image of the Cassini spacecraft.
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Cassini is Off!
News story originally written on October 16, 1997
Cassini is on its way to Saturn. It will take the Cassini spacecraft over 6 years to get to Saturn. Cassini was launched on a rocket early in the morning on October 15.
The Cassini spacecraft is a big spacecraft. It is as tall as a two story building and it weighs more than six tons!
The total cost of the mission is over 3 billion dollars. By studying Saturn, scientists hope to learn more about the solar system that is Earth's home.
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