At approximately 7:55 am this morning, NASA's Cassini space probe will complete its grand finale, intentionally plunging into Saturn's atmosphere at a speed of 70,000 mph. The probe, a flagship-class robotic spacecraft (see specs), was launched almost 20 years ago to study Saturn and its unusual rings. Along the way it traveled past Venus and Jupiter, arriving in the Saturn system in 2004. On arrival it detached a separate probe - the Hugyens - which was the first man-made craft to land anywhere in the outer Solar System, touching down on Titan, one of Saturn's 62 moons. Scientists are crashing Cassini on purpose - it's running out of fuel and they want to avoid it crashing and contaminating any of Saturn's other moons. As they do, live raw images will be streaming at the mission's website - and be sure to check out the Cassini photo hall of fame

The Cleveland Indians broke the record for most consecutive wins in the history of Major League Baseball Thursday evening in dramatic fashion, beating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in extra innings for their 22nd straight win. It could not have been a closer call for the Indians - down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, with two outs and two strikes, shortstop Francisco Lindor hit a double that allowed pinch runner Erik Gonzalez to score from first base. Jay Bruce knocked in the winning run in the 10th inning to seal the game. With the win the Indians pass the 1935 Cubs for longest win streak, and set their sights on the 1916 New York Giants, who went 26 games without losing - but included one tie along the way. Amazingly, two of Cleveland's top players - reliever Andrew Miller and second baseman Jason Kipnis - have been on the disabled list for most of the streak.  

Oil Spill.
Greek officials are scrambling to clean up oil leaking from a tanker that sunk on Sunday near the island of Salamis (map). The leak - which was thought to be contained - has forced the closure of popular Athens beaches, with floating tar and dead fish beginning to wash ashore. The tanker was carrying 2,500 metric tons of oil, and officials estimate they have cleaned up at least 180 tons so far. On top of potential ecological impact, Athens' beaches are a key part of the Greek tourism sector, which is critical to the overall Greek economy - tourism accounted for about 24% of the country's GDP in 2016 and was responsible for 8 in 10 new jobs created. You can see some of the affected areas filmed via drone here. 
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