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CASSINI SPACECRAFT DIVES BETWEEN SATURN AND ITS RINGS

This unprocessed image shows features in Saturn's atmosphere from closer than ever before. The view was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first Grand Finale dive past the planet on April 26, 2017. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

This unprocessed image shows features in Saturn’s atmosphere from closer than ever before. The view was captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft during its first Grand Finale dive past the planet on April 26, 2017. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The action took place today and it is part of the ‘Big Final’ mission of the Cassini spacecraft.

NASA Spacecraft have successfully passed by the rings of Saturn and it sent us the first unprocessed images of what Saturn’s atmosphere looks like.

The gap between the rings and the top of Saturn’s atmosphere is about 2.000 kilometres (1.500 miles) wide.

 

Foto: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Foto: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

No spacecraft has ever been this close to Saturn before. We could only rely on predictions, based on our experience with Saturn’s other rings, of what we thought this gap between the rings and Saturn would be like” said Cassini Project Manager Earl Maize of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California

The next ‘jump’ between Saturn and its rings will take place on May 2.

Foto: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Foto: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

 

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