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Cassini Goes Ring Diving

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Ahead of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft’s plunge into Saturn next April, its team has sent it on a new path to collect as much data as possible about the planet and its rings before the mission ends. This phase, which began on November 30, includes 20 week-long orbits, so it's just grazing the outside of the outer ring structure as it passes. Cassini has sent down its first images from these passes, including a series of shots of the hexagonal structure at Saturn’s north pole.

Heather Goss is the Departments Editor at Air & Space.

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