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Cassini's Last Ring Portrait at Saturn

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:15 am via: NASA
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How should Cassini say farewell to Saturn? Three days before plunging into Saturn’s sunny side, the robotic Cassini spacecraft swooped far behind Saturn’s night side with cameras blazing. Thirty-six of these images have been merged — by an alert and adept citizen scientist — into a last full-ring portrait of Cassini’s home planet for the past 13 years. The Sun is just above the frame, causing Saturn to cast a dark shadow onto its enormous rings.

This shadow position cannot be imaged from Earth and will not be visible again until another Earth-launched spaceship visits the ringed giant. Data and images from Cassini’s mission-ending dive into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15 continue to be analyzed.

Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Space Science Institute, Mindaugas Macijauskas

Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Space Science Institute, Mindaugas Macijauskas

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