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Cassini's first dive, finds "The Big Empty"
Jesse Rogerson, PhD
Ingenium – Canada's Museums of Science and Technology
May 3, 2017
The Cassini spacecraft successfully completed its first dive between the planet Saturn and its rings, something no other craft had done before. Before attempting the dive, scientists weren't sure exactly how much dust/debris would exist in this gap. As a precaution, the orbital scientists oriented Cassini so that its radio antennae pointed in the direction of its trajectory to help protect some of its more sensitive instruments. While performing the dive, mission scientists performed