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Cassini orbiter begins final probe to moon with possible 'life'




This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 18 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Aug. 12, 2013 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 728 nanometers.
This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 18 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Aug. 12, 2013 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 728 nanometers.
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NASA's Cassini space probe has embarked on the first of three flybys to Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. The moon has scientists extremely excited because they think it might actually be home to living things.

KPCC science reporter Sanden Totten joined the show with the latest updates.

To listen to the full interview, click on the blue audio player above.