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Cassini Snaps the Closest Views We've Ever Had of Saturn

09 May 2017

As the spacecraft dove through the gap, it came within 1,900 miles of the gaseous planet's cloud tops and within 200 miles of the rings' innermost visible edge. And while the venerable space probe technically didn't find much in this area, there were enough interesting findings to send back to Earth as Cassini hopes to go out with more of a bang than a whimper. It'll also get up and close with Titan, one of Saturn's moons.

It means Saturn's sixth moon may have the same single-celled organisms with which life began on Earth, or more complex creatures still.

In order to celebrate its final days, Cassini will do a number of insane dives in between Saturn and its rings. Astronomers have wanted to definitively nail down why and how Saturn's rings were formed, and Cassini has been relied upon to answer those questions.

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Meanwhile, Cassini is still beaming back data from its long-haul mission to Saturn. Cassini travels through the gap at a relative speed of about some 77,000 miles per hour (124,000 kilometers per hour).

Dr Griffin said that, apart from Earth, Saturn had always been his favourite among other planets in the Solar System. What you are going to hear is actually those dust particles that touch the antennae of the instrument with which Cassini records the sound waves of this region of space.

The second-largest planet in our solar system has absolutely nothing between the huge gaps between the rings of Saturn, not even the faintest hint of some kind of matter or particles to their surprise. RPWS systems detect radio and plasma waves which then get converted into sound bites.

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The spacecraft is on a trajectory that would eventually plunge it into Saturn's atmosphere - and end Cassini's mission - on September 15.

NASA's spacecraft Cassini has discovered a vast void between the rings of Saturn, American space agency researchers confirmed in a newly released statement. "I have listened to the data from the first dive several times and I can probably count on my hands the number of dust particle impacts I hear". One of Saturn's icy moons, namely Enceladus, has all the necessary elements to sustain life, and is the second cosmic body after our planet to contain them all in one place.

"The images from the first pass were great, but we were conservative with the camera settings", said Cassini imaging team member Dr. Andrew Ingersoll, a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology.

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Cassini Snaps the Closest Views We've Ever Had of Saturn