"It felt so much like losing a friend", she told reporters a couple of hours later.
More than 1,500 people, many of them past and present team members, jammed JPL for what's described as both a vigil and celebration.
Even though the end of a research project like Cassini is ceasing, astronomers have more deep-space projects up their sleeves.
The spacecraft tumbled out of control while plummeting at more than 122,000km/h.
In 1997, before Cassini ever launched into space, I went to a talk at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles (I was studying print journalism and astronomy at the University of Southern California then). It survived about 30 seconds longer than scientists expected. A child's laugh, a desert sunset and this morning. Congratulations to you all. Once the spacecraft ran out of fuel, NASA would not risk letting it remain aloft, where it might be knocked into Titan or Enceladus. Cassini has been exploring the 6th planet from the Sun - Saturn for more than a decade. Cassini successfully sailed through the gap 22 times, providing ever better close-ups of Saturn.
Cassini was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1997, following which it spent seven years in transit and then another 13 years orbiting Saturn.
In all, Cassini collected more than 453,000 images and traveled 4.9 billion miles. It was an global endeavour, with 27 nations taking part.
European space officials joined their US colleagues to bid Cassini farewell. Curt Niebur, a Cassini program scientist, during a NASA press conference, said that Cassini discovered Methane lakes on Titan, Saturn's moon and oceans on Enceladus, another moon.
Cassini helped confirm warm mineral water on Saturn's moon Enceladus, making the moon a potential breeding ground for life.
There were some lighthearted touches during the morning.
Even as Cassini's fate was sealed, the spacecraft continued to make groundbreaking scientific observations of Saturn up until the last moment it was functional. Parties were planned for the teams throughout the weekend, complete with Champagne.
"We wanted to keep the momentum going and keep highlighting all these incredible achievements in the astronomy world", Semmens said. Proposals are under consideration by NASA, but there's nothing official yet. During the spacecraft's frequent flybys of the icy moon thought to host a hidden ocean of liquid water beneath hundreds of miles of ice, scientists found hints of conditions favorable for microbial life.
"This is the final chapter of an awesome mission, but it's also a new beginning", Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator in Washington, said in a news release. And it will fall to a future mission to discover whether one of Saturn's potentially habitable moons could truly be home to alien life. The signal of its last message didn't reach Earth until 83 minutes after the spacecraft had vanished, due to its distant location.
The European and American forecast models move the storm near the the Mid-Atlantic states early next week. Hurricane Jose has gotten very little coverage, lurking in the shadows of Irma for the past several days.
The Lakers are in a rebuild, as they move away from the Bryant era, one of the greatest stretches in franchise history. Kobe also celebrated his 39th birthday recently (with a Marvel superhero cake he couldn't help but to gush over).
BSF troops guarding the border, retaliated the firing and gave a befitting reply while on civilian was also injured. The jawan, identified as identified as Captain Brijendra Bahadur Singh, was succumbed to his injuries.
She adds that utility providers have said they hope to have power restored for all of southeastern Florida by the weekend. Jon says that "apparently, the facility lost some, but not all of its power after Hurricane Irma".
Additionally, Yu has included 4G VoLTE support, fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM slots, and microSD card slot in the smartphone. Also keeping with current trends, the Yureka 2 comes with a sleek full metal unibody construction as well.
If we do see that, then Liverpool have every chance of going on and winning this game by two, three or maybe even four goals. Clarets were bad on the road last season and collected a total of four points from their away games.
The most recent Zapad exercises, which occur every few years, took place in 2013, just before Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea . After these military preparations many troops stayed in the area to participate in the subsequent war with Ukraine.
Among the 23 electric vehicle models that Volkswagen intends to produce by 2025, there will assuredly be utility models. That means that by 2030 the company plans to offer an electric or hybrid version of over 300 different auto models.
The statement from the North Korean state-controlled news agency also had a disturbing message for Japan. The UNSC took the step as Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month.
According to a Senate aide, Republican leadership has privately made it clear the bill is a top priority. The block grants would also be risk-adjusted to give more aid to states with older and sicker residents.
Russian airstrikes on the western bank of the Euphrates river killed "16 civilians, including five children". Moscow intervened in Syria in September 2015 in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad.
Violence in Myanmar must stop: Tillerson
Activists say more than 100 villagers, women and children among them, have been killed by security forces. The Muslim Rohingyas have been fleeing from Myanmar (Burma) by the thousands.
Samsung Creates $300 Million Self-Driving Cars Fund
The announcement comes shortly after Samsung completed its acquisition of American audio and in-car technology firm Harman . Still, the future is autonomous - at least, that's what we're meant to believe - and Samsung isn't sitting idle there.
The FTC is looking into the Equifax breach
House of Representatives panel. 'I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes. The vulnerability was a critical weakness for many large websites that were built using the software.
Relative of ex-Seattle mayor is 5th to accuse him of abuse
CNN reports that Murray, 60, stepped down after his cousin accused him of sexual abuse in an interview with a local newspaper. He apologized to his staff and to the city and said it had become clear that his resignation was best for the city .