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Cassini mission to Saturn extended

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April 19, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

NASA has announced a two-year extension of the international Cassini mission that is touring Saturn and its moons.

Since 2004, the unmanned probe has beamed back about 140,000 images.

Its prime mission is due to end in July.

The agency said Tuesday that the $160-million extension would allow Cassini to make 60 more revolutions around the ringed planet and fly by its largest moon, Titan, and four other satellites.

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