First images from Cassini’s final dives over Saturn’s north pole

Closer than ever

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

On 6 December, the Cassini spacecraft sent back the first photos since starting its closest orbits yet to Saturn’s rings.

This penultimate phase of Cassini’s mission, called the Ring-Grazing Orbits, started on 30 November and will send Cassini on 20 week-long trips soaring above Saturn’s northern hemisphere before gliding back down just outside the planet’s main rings.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2115486-first-images-from-cassinis-final-dives-over-saturns-north-pole/