The first Cassini to explore Saturn was a person

Space probe preparing to crash into ringed planet was named for an astronomical pioneer

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TWO CASSINIS  The Cassini spacecraft has become famous for its stunning views of Saturn, including this image of the unlit side of the rings taken in 2012. But what do we know about the man Cassini was named for?

JPL-Caltech/NASA, Space Science Institute

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