Cassini Takes Most Dangerous Saturn Ring Dive Yet

Saturn’s D ring is visible as the faint gray line arcing up to the top right of the image in this view from Saturn’s Cassini spacecraft, taken in 2014. Over the course of four plunges, Cassini will be getting much more familiar with the ephemeral ring.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The Cassini spacecraft is plunging through Saturn’s faint D ring in its most daring ring dive yet.  The spacecraft, which is a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency, will turn its broad, high-gain antenna dish to rest in front of it as a shield during the crossing, for the first time since its very first ring dive, which occurred….

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