Well, that’s it. The 13 year tour of Saturn, or 20 years if you count the time since launch, is over. During those final hours of the mission in the Mission Support Area (MSA) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, there was a mix of sadness and pride. I think it was the first time that I witnessed a live event in the ops room when there wasn’t jumping and cheering (like during MSL’s landing on Mars), instead there was silence. Everything went quiet when the signal was finally lost. Then our Project Manager, Earl Maize, and Spacecraft Operations Manager, Julie Webster, hugged.
I thought I’d share some pictures of the mission’s final moments with you.