“No spacecraft has ever been this close to Saturn before.
We could only rely on predictions, based on our experience with Saturn's
other rings, of what we thought this gap between the rings and Saturn would be like. I am delighted to report that Cassini shot through the gap just as we planned and has come out the other side in excellent shape.”
- Earl Maize, Cassini Project Manager, NASA's
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
May 4, 2017 Pasadena, California - On April 26th, 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took a 70,000 miles per hour nose dive into the gap between the planet Saturn and its nearest thin ring of micron-sized dust. No Earth craft had ever flown between the innermost ring and Saturn itself.
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