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Mercy High Grad Brings Students Along For Cosmic Conclusion Of NASA's Cassini Saturn Mission

Mercy High Grad Brings Students Along For Cosmic Conclusion Of NASA's Cassini Saturn Mission

Science students at Mercy High School had a front row seat, or as close as you can get from a classroom in Connecticut, first thing Friday morning to the cosmic death of NASA's Cassini spacecraft as it ended its 20-year mission with a graceful dive into Saturn's atmosphere.

On NASA's live stream of the mission's final day, there was 2007 Mercy graduate Joanie Stupik in the control room, talking about her job steering the delicate spacecraft over the last four years as an engineer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

"There's Joanie!" physics teacher Buff Bachenheimer shouted as her former student talked about the task of keeping Cassini perfectly on track so it...

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