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Cassini Probe Closes In on Saturn

The Cassini Space probe will face a critical moment as it approaches Saturn late Wednesday night. It will begin to fire its rockets, pushing it into Saturn's orbit. If the maneuver fails, the $3 billion spacecraft will disappear into the furthest reaches of the solar system. NPR's Richard Harris reports from JPL in California.

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Award-winning journalist Richard Harris has reported on a wide range of topics in science, medicine and the environment since he joined NPR in 1986. In early 2014, his focus shifted from an emphasis on climate change and the environment to biomedical research.