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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As a passionate science communicator, Jesse Rogerson loves promoting science literacy to the public. He frequently represents the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on television and radio, social media, and at conferences. He co-developed a science communication workshop for Canadian science professionals, to instruct them in more effective methods of communicating their science. A trained and practicing astrophysicist, Jesse holds a PhD in observational astrophysics from York University, and recently published a peer-reviewed paper in The Astrophysical Journal. Jesse enjoys riding his motorcycle, board games, and ultimate frisbee.