Cassini Makes its First Dive Between Saturn and its Rings

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A close up view of a storm on the surface of Saturn, taken by the Cassini spacecraft.
Cassini completes its first of 22 planned dives between Saturn and its rings (image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Sophia Nasr).

NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission has begun its final mission phase, making its first dive between the planet Saturn and its rings. It is the only craft to ever make that plunge. Check out some of the amazing images it took as it went through, including the north pole hexagonal vortex.

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Cassini Makes its First Dive Between Saturn and its Rings
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