Cassini Dives Closest to Saturn's Atmosphere Ever

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A black and white image of a storm on the surface of Saturn, taken in an close approach by Cassini
An unprocessed image of a storm on Saturn (image credit: NASA).

The NASA/ESA Cassini spacecraft completed its first of 22 dives between the planet Saturn and its ring system; no spacecraft has ever flown that trajectory before. During the pass by the rings, Cassini was out of radio contact. Upon regaining communications, Cassini sent back an image of Saturn, the closest of the planet ever taken. Cassini will continue to dive closer and closer to the atmosphere of Saturn until it ultimately burns up on September 15th, 2017.

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Cassini Dives Closest to Saturn's Atmosphere Ever
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