How soon can NASA go back to Saturn? This is what has to happen first

Cassini team members at NASA ’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hugged and shed tears in the dark hours of Friday morning after hearing the doomed spacecraft’s final signals as it dove into Saturn’s atmosphere.

"The discoveries are so compelling that we have to go back," said JPL Director Michael Watkins, even before the spacecraft’s communications went dark.

There are already some proposals in the works for returning to the ringed gas giant or its most charismatic lunar satellites.

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